Canada’s Top Court Will Hear BC Teachers’ Bargaining Rights Case

The B.C. teachers’ union is taking its long fight over class size and composition to the Supreme Court of Canada.bctf_logo

This morning, the country’s highest court granted the teachers leave to appeal the 2015 B.C. Court of Appeal decision that found that provincial government legislation imposing contract terms on members of the BC Teachers’ Federation in 2012 was constitutional.

That ruling overturned a 2014 B.C. Supreme Court decision that found the 2012 legislation contravened teachers’ Charter rights to free collective bargaining, and granted the teachers $2 million in damages from the government.

“The BCTF is very pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear our appeal. It’s another important step in this long journey through the court system for us,” union president Jim Iker said at a press conference this morning.

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Canada’s Top Court Will Hear BC Teachers’ Bargaining Rights Case