Expert doubts any mediator will be able to solve BCTF dispute right now

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

University of Victoria professor Dr. Ken Thornicroft, who teachers employment relations, says as skilled as Vince Ready is, in this case, the two sides are miles apart financially.

“Certainly no disrespect to Mr. Ready, but unless and until the parties are willing to dramatically move from their current positions, I just don’t see that we’re going to have a settlement of this dispute, whether it’s Mr. Ready or anybody else.”

He feels the Provincial government is likely not willing to move much from its last proposal, so in his opinion, the BCTF would have to greatly soften its financial demands.

If that doesn’t happen, he expects a long summer with no agreement, and if there is no deal in September, a legislated end to the dispute.

Comments

  1. Mr. Iker, you asked our premier to appoint a mediator in order to get your demands. Why so quickly named a mediator of yours? I hope you are not expecting me to be on your side.

    It has been 13 years since 2001 when Premier was appointed Minister of Education and Deputy Premier. I could never forget the laugh of BCTF members around Premier Clark’s formal university education during one the meetings with Surrey teachers. The remarks and laugh not only disgusted me, I was saddened to learn that we have educators in our education system actually would discount the value of none-formal education and learning.

    I appreciate the class size and composition is in the mind of our teachers. However, the issue needs to be addressed separately with the involvement of public mainly parents and tax payers

  2. I can’t see a mediator helping at all the BC Lying Liberals don’t even listen to what the Supreme Court says… a mediator is just going to cost the taxpayers more money that could have gone to the education budget

  3. I think the government is more than willing to drag it’s heels on getting a mediator. They need more days to save more money to pay the teachers, who will probably not recoup their losses, when this is settled, hopefully before summer. And, worse case scenario, if an agreement isn’t reached before July, how can summer school proceed? Cherry picking at it’s best. If there’s no agreement, summer school can’t proceed – more pressure to settle. (To say nothing of the balanced-calendar schools).

    • Perhaps a teacher can correct me if I am wrong, but I think summer school teachers are contracted with separately. I don’t believe you have to be a member of the BCTF, nor is it covered under the collective agreement.

      Let me know if that is not the case, but if it is, then teachers would be free to act of their own will and either sign on like they have in the past or not.

      • Without an end to this strike, summer school (put on through the school districts) will not go ahead. This will also affect international education. Anything that runs through the public school system or a school district in BC will be on hold while they figure out this dispute.

    • I agree. The government has no reason to sign an agreement, and every reason to drag there feet. Why not if your government trying to pass a balanced budget, let the BCTF suffer. Actually it will be the teachers that do the suffering.
      So when they get legislated back to work in the fall, it will be a relief for them. As far as the schools having to keep their integrated class rooms. Our children’s educations will continue to suffer.
      An expert guest on the Bill Good show, stated the integrated class room was the cheapest and most successful model to educate our children. But why confuse the issue with facts and common sense.

  4. Isn’t that why they call in a mediator at least that’s been my experience , maybe the government is afraid of what the mediator would find kinda like the Supreme Court of BC found.

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