The scene at Van Tech

Drama teacher Ramona Orr makes bannock and chicken soup for striking teachers at Vancouver Technical School. (Andrea Woo/The Globe and Mail)

Drama teacher Ramona Orr makes bannock and chicken soup for striking teachers at Vancouver Technical School. (Andrea Woo/The Globe and Mail)

Just a quick post from Vancouver Technical School, where the B.C. Federation of Labour just announced it would be committing $8-million in interest-free loans to the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. (See our earlier post about that.)

Lots of support from passing drivers during the event. Lots of honks and shouts of support. I spoke with several picketing teachers and asked how they’ve been getting by financially since the strike began and one said she and her partner, who’s also a teacher, have taken up painting contracts. Another took a construction job. Another said he’s just spending less, and that he doesn’t care if he has to eat beans and rice to stick this out. Another said she’ll be dipping into her line of credit soon. Sure shows their resolve.