The BC Teachers’ Federation is celebrating a Supreme Court of Canada decision to hear its appeal in a previous lower court ruling which they argue stripped their collective bargaining rights.
Teachers and the provincial government are stepping back into the ring over the issue of class size and composition.
The Supreme Court granted the union leave to appeal, after the BC Court of Appeal ruled last spring the province did not violate teachers’ charter rights.
BCTF president Jim Iker applauded Thursday’s decision.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to present our arguments and hopefully win back important working conditions for our teachers.”
He’s expecting a ruling by 2017.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says the money being invested in students is already at record levels.
“We are very confident of our legal position within the province, within the ministry, but I want to stress while that process is going on, we’re going to continue working on the great relationship that we have with the BCTF and I’m committed to working side by side with them.”