Talks between the government and the BC Teachers Federation begin on Wednesday in Vancouver over class size and composition.
BCTF President Glen Hansman says he doesn’t expect it to drag out and remains hopeful conversations between parties remain peaceful.
“Figuring out the broad brush strokes between the provincial parties shouldn’t be that hard and shouldn’t take that amount of time.”
But if talks go sideways and a dispute arises, will the BCTF consider binding arbitration?
“It doesn’t need to get ugly and we shouldn’t forget that all the labour disputes between teachers and government over the past almost 15 years, 99.9 per cent of this dispute relates directly back to this court case.”
Hansman expects a deal by January.
The government has remained tight-lipped on whether it will bargain from restored language that was stripped from teacher’s contracts in 2002.
The Ministry of Education says they will be sitting down to talk about the best path for students.
“Together with teachers, we will look at how we begin the discussions stemming from the Supreme Court decision. A lot has changed over the last 15 years in the province and those sitting at the table will be looking at that,” said a statement sent to CKNW.
The Ministry says they look forward to having those discussions.