Lasting Impact of Teacher’s Job Action

Blog Post by CBC Newsday in BC Student Jake Jude (Gr. 10, Pitt Meadows Secondary)

The 2011/12 school year was a rough one. Teachers were unhappy due to class sizes and composition. So they began job action, limiting their functions at the school. This lost time has greatly impacted those students. Kelsey Acaster is one student in particular who feels that the job action affected her substantially.

I had the chance to speak with Susan Lambert, the president of the BCTF (British Columbia Teachers Federation) on the phone. I asked her for her input on the subject and what she has to say to students.

The 2011/12 school year offered students more school days off than the usual. I counted the number of days school cancelled due to job action and added it to holidays and Pro D days off. This is how it compares to non-teaching days in a normal at my high school in Pitt Meadows.

Throughout all of the 2011/12 school year the BCTF and the government were trying to work out an agreement to get teachers back to working. Short and long term agreements were proposed, and the two sides finally agreed on a one year agreement.

The recently ratified contract with the BCTF expires June 30, 2013, just weeks after the election in May.

Here’s a chart to show what the three main parties have stated on the issue.

Liberal

NDP Conservative

Proposed a 10 year deal to teachers

Oppose the 10 year deal that the Liberals proposed to the teachers

The Conservatives have said that they will be prepared to work with the BC teachers in future discussions