Government negotiators trying to force teachers to complete report cards

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The provincial government’s negotiating team has applied to the Labour Relations Board to designate report cards and final exams as essential services.

In a letter to the LRB, BC Public School Employers Association executives say the move is in anticipation of the BC Teachers Federation vote next week to pursue a full-scale walkout.

BCPSEA wants all services required for the completion of grade 10-12 report cards, preparation and marking of provincial exams, as well as entry of final grades into computer systems declared essential.

They claim  the education of secondary students will suffer serious and immediate damage if they are not able to complete end of year exams.

A full-scale strike is possible beginning June 16th.

No date has been set for the LRB hearing.

Comments

  1. Well, if they were really “doing it for the kids” the teachers would make sure the high school students aren’t being any more screwed than they are already.

    Fire them all, obliterate this militant, out of control union, and hire back the teachers who actually want to teach. Enough is enough. We’ve suffered through decades of these people. Thank goodness my son is long out of the BC public school system.

    • No chance…You’ll have to drag teachers back in…All teachers k-12 will stay out for this…That a boy Bender, way to promise something that will never happen…You had this war in the bag until you got cocky, and opened your mouth too soon. Even I believed teachers had no chance at a decent settlement, what a blunder… I hope he has lots of red pens, and a strategy for getting into teachers mark books can’t wait to see this…How about you, more4u..any great insight on how this will happen…??

    • everyday kim you repeat this fire this fire them all garbage…..try having a look at what happened when regan fire all air traffic controllers……it cost him way more then reaching a deal ……he had to hire back all the people he fired but they all held out for more money ….lol /////yeah fire them all that will help the kids…….

    • Kimberley:

      Now you are getting goofy. Having said that, I’d just love to see the government try and pull that stunt off. The resultant political fallout would be the best thing to happen in BC since sliced bread.

      As for Fassbender’s promise, the teachers may be desperate enough to make a liar out of him.

  2. Essential Service?
    You got to be kidding that’s reserved for life and death situations like police, fire , nurses.
    If the LRB agrees that report cards are an essential service then everything could be and that cheapens the term to nothing.
    The LRB would have zero credibility if they agree to this.
    What a joke !

    • Essential Service for report cards what kind of a joke is this. I don’t know the percent but some of the students wrote provincials in the first semester. this government has pushed the teachers into this. since 2002 they took them to court twice, lost both. they are appealing costing more money, judge gave teachers two million dollar settlement, they loose the appeal again, more money down the drain. the problem is the teachers have the hammer on the court cases and they won’t settle until they get back what the judge ruled. you may not agree but you can not trust the liberals. they agree and then they change things. HST comes to mind. One person is in England and the other should go back to talk radio.

    • It was the BCTF what went to the LRB for the essential services designation.
      Looks like it has backfired.
      So what was the purpose of wanting the designation., and what do you think it should cover?
      It may not be important to the likes of you and Teacher dave, but it sure is to the students and parents.
      Just another hole in the “all about the kids” argument.

    • So for how long should our grade 12 graduates wait to find out their marks and if they will be admitted into certain universities? Students’ grades and reports should not be held for ransom. What you’re not understanding, Trevor, is that the students are caught in the middle of this and you think it’s wrong to stand up for the students?

  3. So Kimberly your son is long out of public system. Must be hard supporting him…since the Public education probably did nothing for him….no wonder you so bitter.

  4. Cut teachers wages and lock teachers out….shouldn’t they have thought of what would happen when they did this. If teachers are an essential service. …how can you lock out an essential service. If LRB rules in favour after the decision they made this week…then we know that it takes its marching orders from Liberals

    • I think the BCTF has a terrible strategy. Iker is a radical, CAW union type of leader. These are educated people, do they not realize you must pick your battle?
      They should go back into the classroom – collect full pay (that hurts government’s bottom line).
      Negotiate about wages only over the summer, everyday, all day.
      Forget about class size and composition, it is before the courts (BC courts are still hearing about a 3 year old riot – you think this issue will move quickly)
      In September, when no deal is signed, strike vote to shut the system down.
      Observe the legislation that will follow to go back to work.
      Let the employer and the government run the system, watch it crash, albeit while biting your tongue and really watch while government policy hurts our kids.

      • How do you go on STRIKE as an essential service?
        You don’t really understand how things work in the real world do you?
        The Employer also has rights.
        Why did you Union want the designation in the first place. After fighting it for years and years. They get their way, then decided we don’t want it after all.
        What a wastes of Taxpayer dollars.

    • How do you go on STRIKE as an essential service?
      You don’t really understand how things work in the real world do you?
      The Employer also has rights.
      Why did you Union want the designation in the first place. After fighting it for years and years. They get their way, then decided we don’t want it after all.
      What a wastes of Taxpayer dollars.

    • They would be paid and that’s why the LRB is there. BCTF decides late in the year to strike and kids lose out at university, college and trade training. They lose a semester, miss scholarships, in some case they might have to wait a year for their program to be available again. Can’t get the dogwood without the 5 exams.

      • D says, “…kids lose out at university, college and trade training. They lose a semester, miss scholarships…” – Students who want to attend post secondary this September had to submit their applications, along with their most current report card, by the end of February. Those students who applied have already been accepted pending submission of their final grades. Job action will not jeopardize kids’ post-secondary. Ditto for scholarships – those students who applied for scholarships have already received them – they were awarded at many schools during convocation ceremonies; as for “losing a semester” – what a crock! I’ve already covered the necessary PLOs in my classes – we’re doing exam review now. Many teachers have compiled grades already – they’re ready to be input into the computer system. Nobody is losing out on any essential education.

        • I agree, all is well as far as marks are concerned. So why are teachers shooting themselves in the foot? For over 20 years thinking about students has been a cornerstone of the teacher’s position. The government and the employer do not agree. Time to change strategy, don’t you think?

        • ‘pending submission of their final grades’ which the bctf want to block.

          And based on what you believe to be true, then why are the exams held at all?

          To get a dogwood, to graduate, a student requires 5 provincial exams. That requirement is going to be waived this year?

  5. There are groups within the teaching family that do want to get rid of the BCTF. The gov’t should try and meet with these people and try to talk to them.
    I have never seen a time in BC when teachers were happy. Get rid of this BCTF, find some
    who are not in this gang and make a deal.

  6. Stephen,if I was a teacher I would vote for full walkout ,as for BCTF they have every right to fight for students and them selves.BC schools are underfunded by 1000.00 dollars below national average.This government is far right wing politically and they do not care about education what so ever!

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