Today the teachers of public K-12 schools across British Columbia are on the picket lines. Two days ago, they voted 95% in favour of strike action.
After many months of working without a contract… and a subsequent negotiating process that was held up until after the Provincial Election, the Government of BC has imposed a contract settlement on the BC Teachers Federation.
Instead of negotiating with the union in good faith, the Government has decided to Legislate a “solution”.
No matter what you think about whether teachers are payed enough.
No matter what you think about the current state of education in BC.
I think we can all agree that “negotiation” is a process of give-and-take… an honest discussion. And for a government to abuse their position as both legislator and employer by imposing a “contract” is counter to what a democratic society is all about. I put “contract” in quotations because, by definition a contract is a mutual agreement between two or more people. What the government has done makes a mockery of that definition in every sense of the word.
Support the teachers today as they fight not only to improve the state of schools in British Columbia but also to say No to bullying tactics. Now that the contract has been legislated into “law” what the BCTF is doing today by striking is illegal.
Should it be?
Should government be able to stifle opposition by legislating it away?
So please… if you drive by a public school today… give a honk of support for the teachers. They’re standing up for our rights, and the rights of our children…