Staffroom Confidential blog
February 20, 2012
Today the BCTF made a request for the Labour Relations Board to appoint a mediator to help resolve teacher bargaining. Not only the LRB, but also the Minister can call for various forms of mediation and arbitration to resolve the issue.
Calls and suggestions for this have been made in a number of arenas, including the press. Mediation and arbitration can be effective ways to deal with an impasse. In Saskatchewan, an arbitrator was able to find middle ground in the recent teachers dispute over pay. Back in 2005, after a two week walkout, the BC government agreed to appoint Vince Ready to develop recommendations to end the teachers strike. Although not everything teachers wanted, teachers did vote to accept his recommendations and end the strike.
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