The BC Teachers Federation is putting the blame on a clause from the employer it says gives it an out on the class size and composition court case for the breakdown in talks this weekend.
“We also need to see their escape clause removed from the table. That is the impasse.”
The BCTF’s Glen Hansman says the E80 clause would put language in the contract giving the province an escape clause for any future class size and composition court decision.
“The only thing that the government is offering is just to take what is currently in legislation, the learning improvement fund, and move it into the collective agreement with the same process and the same pot of money that was already budgeted for, $75 million. That is just taking the status quo and moving it from one location to the other.”
Hansman says theunion took 125-million-dollars in benefits off the table over the weekend but is still asking for a five-thousand dollar signing bonus.
But the BC Government’s lead negotiator says the teacher’s union is trying to live in the past as it blasts the contentious E80 clause.
Peter Cameron says even the latest BC Supreme Court decision says class size and composition language needs to be bargained.
But Cameron says the union refuses to do so.
“If that language were to be restored into the old agreement here is what the court had to say this language is not clad in stone it can and likely will need to be the subject of ongoing collective bargaining. We have proposed in E80 class size and composition provisions that we say are demonstrably better than what the union is seeking.”
Cameron says the teacher’s union is seeking to return to class size and composition contract language from the Eighties