I'll Tell You Why B.C. Teachers Are Willing To Strike

Susan Lambert | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Lambert

The climate of confrontation and conflict imposes a dreadful toll on teachers. Some say why don't we just give in? Why not simply teach under whatever conditions the government constructs in public schools, collect our pay checks and go home?

B.C. Education Minister Trying To Rewrite History Of Teachers' Contract

Melanie Joy | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melanie Joy

I appreciate current B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender was not involved in 2012, but his recent assertions that government was fully committed to, and even responsible for, the success of the contract negotiations are inconsistent with my experience.

Teachers' Strike Vote Called

The Canadian Press | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers' union will take a strike vote next month, saying they have no choice because the government continues to igno...

B.C. Wants Class Size Ruling Stayed

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government is painting a dire picture of what would happen if a court ruling that reversed decade-old changes to teac...

Did She Try To Provoke B.C. Teachers' Strike?

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Opposition New Democrats want the Liberal government to release cabinet documents at the centre of $2-million court los...

B.C. Teachers Ruling Is Written By Straight Shooter

Sandy Garossino | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Madame Justice Susan Griffin is known in the legal profession as a real straight shooter and one of B.C.'s most respected jurists, which makes the damning conclusions of her decision in the B.C. Teachers' Federation case all the more extraordinary. Judicial writing like this doesn't come along every day.

B.C. Teachers' Court Win Is Condemnation Of Liberal Government

Susan Lambert | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Lambert

The facts of the case are clear: the rhetoric of the B.C. government of seeking labour peace and stability and of providing parents and students with flexibility and choice is duplicitous. The intention was to rob the system of the funding it needs and to use teachers as scapegoats in the quest to get re-elected.

Major Win For B.C. Teachers

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A judge has ruled that the British Columbia government was so hung up on provoking its public school teachers into strike action that it f...

The Fight Over B.C.'s Overcrowded Classrooms

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government thumbed its nose at a court order and instituted only a "sham repeal" of legislation that the B.C. Supreme Court concl...

B.C. Teachers Back In Court

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The latest court battle waged against the British Columbia government by the teachers' union could ding taxpayers for $6 billion to start,...

B.C. Teachers 'Stand In Solidarity'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The president of the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF) is backing CUPE's bid to carve a new contract with the B.C. government. “We stand in solidar...

School Boards Cut From Negotiations

CBC | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The head of the Vancouver School Board is concerned that the province's restructuring of contract negotiations will give the government too much ...

More Strife For B.C. Teachers

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - B.C.'s education minister denied accusations by the teachers' union that the government interfered with its bargaining process by appointi...

What B.C. Teachers Really Don't Want

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The BC Teachers Federation says 96 per cent of members who were polled by the union recently are backing the position taken by their contr...

Teachers' Politics Allowed In Schools: Court

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's teachers are free to express their political opinions through buttons and posters in schools after a B.C. Appeal Court ...

Back To The Bargaining Table With You

CBC | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. teachers and the province return to the bargaining table in just over a week to attempt to hammer out a new contract. The two parties...

B.C. School Officials Getting Raises Without Reviews

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

School trustees and superintendents may bristle at the suggestion that top education staffers don't deserve pay increases. But how can they defend that position when they fail to evaluate their top employees every year?

'Christy's Goose Is Cooked'

CP | Rebekah Funk, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The outgoing leader of B.C.’s teachers federation appeared to delight in the prospect of the province's scandal plagued government soon ...

Parents Need To Speak Up About How Kids Are Being Taught

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

There is absolutely no point in agreeing or disagreeing with the premier or the B.C. Teachers' Federation if we the parents don't speak up and have a voice in how our children are being taught in the 21st century. Our school has a large computer centre with its own teacher. I have NO clue what is taught there. The kids bring home printouts about "online safety," but I don't think these courses actually mention things like Facebook or Twitter.

HOW LONG Is This Teachers' Contract?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government will outline a strategy today of how it will move toward a 10-year contract with the province's teachers and possibly ...

B.C. Independent School Growth Should Be Studied, Not Attacked

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If the business across the street from yours, with fewer resources and higher prices, had increased its share of customers every year for 35 years, wouldn't you be curious why? Wouldn't that interest intensify if your own customer base had shrunk in 24 of those 35 years? This is the situation B.C.'s schools find themselves in.

It's not Like You Get Better Service

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Canada
Jordan Bateman

Is the lifeguard at the municipal pool really worth twice the pay of the lifeguard at the nearby privately-owned waterslides? The vast majority of B.C. taxpayers say no. Yet, we see this inequality constantly play out throughout the government. Why are taxpayers overpaying for government labour?

B.C. Teachers To Strike Monday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2012 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - Public school teachers in British Columbia voted in favour of escalating job action late Wednesday night, bringing the possibility of the ...