B.C. teachers unveil plan to fight province’s Bill 22
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation today (March 21) said its members will vote on a plan to continue the fight against Bill 22, the province’s controversial back-to-work legislation.
After three days of debate during the union’s recent annual general meeting, delegates adopted the plan which recommends full withdrawal of voluntary extracurricular activities.
“This government has repeatedly demonstrated such profound disrespect for the work we do that members felt they had to take a stand,” BCTF president Susan Lambert said in a statement.
“We need a government that supports teachers and parents as we work together to provide the very best for B.C. kids, not one that claims to put families first while attacking all the vital public services people need.”
The plan also includes the possibility of teachers holding a vote in the future on whether to walk off the job.
“To be clear, the plan also includes a possibility of a future province-wide vote of members on whether it’s necessary to respond to government actions with a full-scale protest against Bill 22,” Lambert said.
The plan would also see teachers continuing to provide classroom instruction and preparing final report cards.
The BCTF argues teachers have been bullied by the province during the long-brewing labour dispute, which saw a three-day walkout earlier in March.
The 41,000-member union also announced it intends to launch a legal challenge of Bill 22, which makes striking illegal and imposes a mediator in the contract talks.
Teachers are set to vote on the plan on April 17 and 18.