The BC Teachers’ Federation

In November the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision which brings to a close a 14-year legal battle between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the government of British Columbia. The court concluded that in 2002 the BC government violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by passing a law restricting what the BCTF could bargain with the government and re-writing their existing collective agreement. The government then compounded that error a decade afterwards with new, but substantially similar, legislation. What did the government do? What does the Charter require? And just what has all of this meant for teachers, students, and the BCTF? Hear BCTF President Glen Hansman and BCTF General Counsel Diane MacDonald discuss these issues with hosts Joshua Prowse and Daniel Oleksiuk.