The Tyee.ca blog - The Hook Katie Hyslop June 27, 2012
The BC Teachers' Union executive is recommending locals accept the current collective agreement offer from the provincial government. But this doesn't mean the end of tension between the two parties as the union announced yet another court challenge against government legislation today.
The tentative agreement includes no salary improvements, but does increase bereavement leave to up to eight weeks partially paid, and unpaid discretionary leave for up to three days and unpaid family leave for up to five days. A retroactive agreement to July 1, 2011, it expires June 30, 2013. Lambert called the changes to leave a "modest improvement," but says the most important part was what government didn't include.
"But I think the most significant thing was that government was forced to take off the table the punitive legislations that Minister Abbott and the Premier consistently and constantly threatened to bring into being," Lambert told the media during a press conference this morning.
Lambert told the media the threatened legislation included the elimination of seniority rights among members of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF), lack of transparency in layoff and recall of teachers, as well as loss of autonomy in professional development.