It’s the final showdown in a long-running legal dispute between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government.
It could also have huge implications for B.C.’s education system, and cost the province a lot of money.
The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing the B.C. Teachers’ Federation appeal over the right to bargain for class size and composition.
“The BC Teachers’ Federation, on behalf of our 41,000 members, is looking forward to the opportunity to present our arguments to the Supreme Court of Canada,” said union president Glen Hansman in a statement.
In 2015, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned a 2014 B.C. Supreme Court decision to restore classroom class size and composition rules and specialist teacher ratios to the teachers’ contract that were stripped in 2002.
The teachers union was granted an appeal to Canada’s highest court.
Experts say the outcome could effect government labour relations across the country.