BC’s Finance Minister says the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada won’t disrupt classrooms in the province.
Michael de Jong says the six-year collective agreement the province reached with the BCTF in 2014 included an agreement on the process that both the employer and union would follow when the Supreme Court gave a verdict….
De Jong says, in the ruling, the Court confirmed that governments have the ability to legislate amendments to collective agreements. However, the process to legislate specific amendments in Bill 22, the Education Improvement Act was flawed.
Provincial unions, and especially teachers, are celebrating the victory.
The Court made the decision just half an hour after the union and government lawyers presented their arguments Thursday morning.
Erica Roberts is the President of the Cowichan District Teachers Association…
The dispute, which made its way through all the levels of the courts in BC before moving on to the Supreme Court of Canada.