B.C. teachers' strike drags on with no end in sight
Rhetoric, rather than realistic solutions, keeping resolution at bay
As the dispute between B.C.’s 40,000-plus B.C. teachers' strike: Voting today on binding arbitration
This kind of broken record routine doesn’t get schools any closer to re-opening than the union's move to vote on a binding arbitration proposal that has zero chance of happening.
Not once has either side come out with any potential solutions that are both creative and realistic.
Unless this is purely about biding time until legislating the teachers back to work, the take-it-or-leave-it approach by the government isn’t accomplishing anything to get the dispute closer to a negotiated settlement. Neither is anything we’ve seen from the BCTF.
Where is the leadership?
Where is the leadership from both sides? Where is the creativity? Where is the effort to think outside the box and find a solution that allows teachers to get some of what they want, especially on issues of class size and composition, and also allow the government to maintain the basic fiscal restraints that other public sector workers have already adhered to?
Albeit a tough task, it cannot be an impossible one. Other public sector unions have done it, including the truck drivers at the Port of Vancouver. Sadly for students, parents and teachers, both sides in this dispute are failing badly.
Years of bitter court battles, a lack of trust and an ongoing fight for control over the education system are clouding the ability of the BCTF and the government to actually sit down and negotiate anything. Thus, the strike drags on with no end in sight.