B.C. businesses brace for strike impact: survey

43 per cent of CFIB members expect lost sales, disruption

Nearly half of B.C. small business operators fear the B.C. teachers strike will take a bite out of their profits, according to a Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey of its members.

The survey, conducted online from Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, found 43 per cent expect a negative impact on business if the strike continues, while 47 per cent predicted no effect, four per cent said it would be positive and six per cent said they didn’t know.

CFIB executive vice-president Laura Jones said top concerns are lost sales, employees with children having to stay home and owners having to work longer hours.

“A full-on teachers strike is disruptive for everyone, including entrepreneurs,” Jones said. “Business owners are worried about their own businesses as well as the broader consequences of putting B.C.’s budget balance at risk.”

Two-thirds of those surveyed said a new contract for teachers should be in line with deals for other public sector unions, 13 per cent said there should be no increase at all, five per cent backed the teachers union’s demands and 14 per cent had other responses.

Just Posted

WATCH: Brother of missing Hope woman makes emotional appeal for more media attention

Next search for Shawnee Inyallie Nov. 18 along Highway 1 towards Boston Bar

HATS invites Hope residents to talk about addiction in the midst of opioid overdose crisis

First talk happening Thursday, Nov. 15 at Blue Moose Coffee House

Country talent Petunia returns to Bozzini’s in Chilliwack Saturday

Petunia, performing Nov. 17, is referred to as ‘The Savior of Country Music’

Chilliwack Cultural Centre seeks artists who work in a large format

Deadline Nov. 22 to submit work for Cultural Centre lobby display

Raise your spirits with the 44th annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market

The artsy festive market runs Nov. 16 to 18 at Chilliwack Heritage Park

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Tubing, skating, light display part of new winter festival in Vancouver

Set to open Nov. 23, the six-week festival will take over Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Centre

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

Most Read