Implication of court ruling on teachers uncertain

The implications of a B.C. Supreme Court ruling are still being studied by school districts.

Elected leaders from boards of education around the province and school district senior staff members hooked up for regional conference calls Wednesday, organized by the B.C. School Trustees Association.

The court ruled changes made to the law in 2002 by the provincial government took away the right for teachers to negotiate learning and working conditions in collective agreements.

"The purpose of the call was to better understand the concerns individual districts around the province have around the implications and timing of the court ruling,'' noted Cowichan District 79 superintendent Joe Rhodes and secretary-treasurer Bob Harper in a statement furnished to the News Leader Pictorial.

Among the chief concerns for boards are how to fund any costs related to the ruling and what must be done to meet previous contract language. Boards of education and the BCSTA are expecting all costs related to the ruling will be borne by the provincial government.

The BCSTA and boards around the province are stressing the need for a resolution at the bargaining table with the resumption of teacher collective bargaining.


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