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B.C. appeal court fails to protect collective bargaining

June 17, 2015
| The B.C. government imposed a contract on teachers in 2002 and 2012. B.C. Supreme Court ruled both these actions unconstitutional. Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned the 2012 decision.
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Ordered back to work, Ontario teachers say this labour dispute isn't over

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Teachers in Durham, Peel, and Sudbury's Rainbow school districts have been on strike for over three weeks. Yesterday, almost 70,000 high-school students went back to class, following a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).

While classes have resumed in the three striking school districts, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) says it won't be business as usual in Ontario high schools.

On Tuesday, just as the provincial government started the process of instituting back-to-work legislation, the OLRB rendered its decision, ruling that the three local strikes were, in fact, illegal.

Classes started up again on Wednesday.

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Tentative agreement between teachers and government in B.C.

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A tentative agreement has been reached between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. government.

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Teachers vote for binding arbitration to end strike

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More than 30,000 B.C. teachers voted "yes" by 99.4 per cent to return to classes -- if the B.C. Liberal government will agree to send to arbitration all the issues except for those related to court decisions.

In announcing the results, BCTF President, Jim Iker, said "Tomorrow morning, custodial staff could be pulling chairs off desks and teachers could be setting up their classrooms. School counsellors could be finalizing time tables. Teachers could be powering up the smart boards. Classes could start this week. Children could be learning."

Iker said "there is a single group of people standing in the way of schools opening their doors tomorrow."

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Underfunding under the guise of 'affordability' in B.C.

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Affordability is becoming the new buzzword of the B.C. government. But what does affordability mean for a provincial government? And what are the consequences of not investing in education and health?

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