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20 hours ago

B.C. teachers' strike action issued

fycanadianpolitics:

This article is dated from last week but the info is still relevant:

[…] Iker says teachers are not prepared to accept a 10-year term for a new collective agreement, or certain other conditions government is refusing to remove from the bargaining table.

"Teachers will not accept the re-stripping of our rights to class size and class composition," he said. "We believe these ratios are best based on the collective agreement and not in government regulation."

Eighty-nine per cent of teachers who cast ballots voted in favour of job action during three days of polling at the start of the month, but an all-out strike is not expected anytime soon.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender says there has been virtually no movement by the BCTF at the bargaining table.

"It’s a little disappointing but not at all surprising," he said. Over the past few weeks, it appears the BCTF has been more focused on implementing its strike plan than bargaining at the table."

Fassbender says the employer will respond to the BCTF’s job action “in an appropriate and principled manner to put commensurate pressure on the union.”

"This time around, with the BCTF also feeling pressure to reach an agreement, we hope both sides will be equally motivated to find solutions at the table, rather than letting the BCTF’s strike drift on indefinitely."

The relationship between the B.C. government and teachers has been contentious for more than a decade. In 2001, the province passed legislation that stripped teachers of their right to negotiate class size, class composition and staffing levels.

Last April, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the legislation was unconstitutional and gave the province one year to restore teachers’ collective bargaining rights. When the government failed to do so, however, it was fined $2 million in damages.

The province says it is appealing that ruling, and has been granted an injunction delaying the restoration of teachers’ pre-2001 bargaining rights until the appeal can be heard.

BCTF has gone on strike in 2001, 2005, and 2012 in search of a better contract from the provincial government. BC teachers have been entirely without a contract since June of 2013 and is seeking something than the 10-year contract the province is offering them for future stability.

The strike action began today, with some administrative duties and local cancellations of recess the brunt of the service withdrawal.

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21 hours ago