BC Teachers Withdraw Services
THE MAIN EVENT
Over the last year, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF),
representing BC's 40,000 school teachers, has been in contract
negotiations with the British Columbia Public School Employers'
On January 7, 2002, the BCTF began Phase II of their job action.
Under Phase II, the teachers stopped all voluntary services in
non-credit extra-curricular activities such as
school sports, drama,
music, student councils, and school clubs. This service withdrawal is
in addition to Phase I of the job action (initiated in November
2001) when the teachers stopped attending staff meetings and
preparing report cards.
He Said, She Said
There is no teacher in this province who is enthusiastic about the
BC Teachers' Federation
The escalated job action was approved by the BC Labour Relations
Board, who ruled that teachers can legally withdraw their voluntary
services under the essential services legislation enacted by the new
Liberal government last August.
The BCTF and the BCPSEA disagree on several key issues. The major
disagreements are money and class size. The teachers are demanding
salary increases of 22.5 percent over three years and a reduction in
class sizes. In contrast, the employers are offering a salary
increase of around 7.5 percent and more flexible rules on class
size. To date, the BCTF has not ruled out the possibility of a
full-scale strike in the ongoing contract dispute, while on the
other side of the disagreement the BC government has suggested it
may legislate a settlement.
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