Teachers have been involved in job action since September. This means we are doing what we love -- teaching. But we are making no progress at the bargaining table.
Next Monday, March 5, teachers across British Columbia will begin a legal three-day full-scale withdrawal of services, as permitted under the Labour Relations Board interim essential services order.
BC spent a higher percent of gross domestic product on public education than Canada as a whole in 2002–03. Since then, BC has fallen behind the rest of Canada.
A negotiated settlement in bargaining, not legislation restoration of rights as determined by the BC Supreme Court, reducing the number of students living in poverty through a poverty reduction plan.
It took a decade, but a decision finally said that the BC Liberal government acted illegally when it took away the right for teachers to bargain important learning and working conditions.
In a landmark decision by the British Columbia Supreme Court the court declared the legislation that stripped teacher collective bargaining rights in 2002 unconstitutional and invalid.
David J. Climenhaga
It's possible future historians will ascribe the fall of the West to the pernicious influence of publicly paid market-fundamentalist academics and "think-tanks" supported by under-taxed billionaires.
Today schools around B.C. celebrate the Day of Pink, a day to highlight student action to resist homophobia and defend classmates who are being bullied for their real or perceived sexual orientation.
There is no money in the provincial budget to address the learning needs of students in BC's schools or to address other real costs.
Legal counsel for the BCTF began opening arguments in BC Supreme Court in what promises to be a significant case determining the rights of teachers and their unions.