According to reports from school districts to local teacher associations throughout B.C., more than 150 full-time teaching positions will be lost next September.
The B.C. government passed Bill 22 on March 15. It bans further strikes and sets the conditions for mediation. The B.C. Teachers Federation met for its annual convention two days later.
B.C. teachers reacted with incredulity to a report that the Ministry of Education intends to pay some teachers more than others, depending on their class sizes.
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.