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ERIC Number: ED554011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Bargaining Structures. A Brief to the Ministry of Education from the British Columbia Teachers' Federation
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Collective bargaining has evolved as a recognized way of creating a system of fairness and equity in the workplace. Full free collective bargaining is the fruition of the evolution of labour management relations. It is the mechanism that balances the power of the employer and prevents injustice and exploitation. The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that the "...right to bargain collectively with an employer enhances the human dignity, liberty and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control over a major aspect of their lives, namely their work ...." While not perfect, collective bargaining has proved the best mechanism for resolving disputes between management and labour. It also establishes humane and dignified working conditions and adequate remuneration for workers. It has brought relative peace to labour relations previously subject to unpredictable disruptions, hostility, and even violence. To function well, collective bargaining must be based on a fair process acceptable to both parties. Effective collective bargaining occurs where the parties themselves sign the agreement. This may occur with or without assistance from third parties as a result of the leverage provided by the dispute-resolution mechanisms of strike/lockout. When both parties feel that the process is fair and equally weighted, they are motivated to reach an agreement and to abide by it. In this brief, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BTCF) proposes a new bargaining structure for teachers. They submit that the following points would ensure a workable system that meets the needs of both employers and teachers: (1) face-to-face negotiations between the actual parties; (2) the right to bargain all terms and conditions of employment; (3) the right to dispute-resolution mechanisms under the "Labour Relations Code"; (4) adequate government funding; and (5) no government interference in the collective bargaining process. Consistent with these conditions, BCTF proposes: (1) provincial bargaining between the BCTF and government regarding salary, benefits, paid leaves, class size, class composition, hours of work, and staffing levels for specialist teachers; (2) local bargaining of all other items; and (3) both local and provincial bargaining be conducted pursuant to the full rights and obligations of the "Labour Relations Code."
British Columbia Teachers' Federation. 100-550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2, Canada. Tel: 800-663-9163; Tel: 604-871-2283; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada