British Columbia’s teachers have made one thing clear: they are in solidarity with their union. Can we now, finally put to rest this notion that the BCTF does not represent its membership?
In the midst of an exhausting contract negotiation which has shown that the BC Liberal Government is more interested in destroying BC’s biggest union and privatizing schools than supporting public education, 86% of the teachers who voted have supported the union’s mandate for a full scale walkout in one of the biggest voter turnouts in the union’s history.
The more the government has tried to humiliate and harm teachers (Yes, “harm”: Docking pay by 10% is harm.), the more teachers have become galvanized in purpose. They know what they stand for. It’s time for respect.