Every BCTF member will have the chance to vote tomorrow
to support the BCTF Executive Committee’s recommendation calling on
BCPSEA to drop Article E.80 and enter into binding arbitration. Teachers
return to work once the government agrees to this process, meaning that
schools could reopen promptly.
Support for binding arbitration is picking up speed throughout the
province. Mayors, counsellors, school trustees, the NDP, and affiliated
unions of the BC Federation of Labour are also calling on the government
to enter into binding arbitration as a fair and
practical way to resolve this dispute.
Each local will be conducting the vote in the way that suits them best.
Some locals have decided to take ballot boxes to the picket lines while
others will conduct the vote at local offices. If you are unsure of the
voting arrangements in your community, please
contact your local president for more information. Every vote counts, so please take the time to have your say.
Public sector unions write to Premier Clark: Stop using our settlements as fodder for your rhetoric
sector unions are sending a message to the Premier that they stand in
solidarity with BC teachers and are urging her to accept the proposal
for binding arbitration.
“The Premier is attempting to use other settlements in the
public sector to create a divide among workers in the province,” said
BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair.
“This tactic is not only an insult to working people in
BC, but it also shows how little the Premier understands and respects
the collective bargaining process.”
The letter states:
This set of negotiations—like every other table in the public sector—has
unique challenges and opportunities. Each union goes to the bargaining table to address their own specific needs; we strongly support the BCTF in determining their own path and negotiating
for a fair collective agreement that ensures quality education for all of the children in BC.
We have each negotiated our own collective agreements. For those who
have settled, wage increases and benefit improvements varied from sector
to sector. They all have unique features and each path to settlement
We urge you to immediately stop attributing your refusal to bargain
critical issues with teachers because you want to be “fair to other
public sector workers.”
If you want to be fair to all public sector workers, send the
outstanding issues to binding arbitration as proposed by the BCTF and
remove E80 from the bargaining table.
Our unions stand in solidarity with BC teachers in their efforts to win a
fair collective agreement and improve educational resources for BC’s