||Volume 18, Number 3, November/December 2005 |
BCTF mobilization protest action
August 20–21 EC meeting
• Adopts Contingency Plan.
August 22 Special Representative Assembly
• Sets strike vote for September 20–22.
• Sets strike action plan:
– October 3: no supervision, etc.
– October 11: rotating strikes
– October 24: all-out strike.
• Considers legislative intervention response.
• Procedure—vote to end job action.
August 23–31 Summer Conference
• Jinny announces RA decisions.
• Core sessions on mobilization planning.
• Alfie Kohn takes on government achievement agenda.
August 31–September 1
• Meeting with Education Minister Shirley Bond.
• Back to school news conference highlights bargaining issues.
• BC Federation of Labour officers’ meeting—fully briefed on BCTF Action Plan.
• Local general meetings—EC visits.
• EC initiates program of legislative visits by members and PSAs.
• BCTF TV, radio, and print ads, including community papers, begins.
• BCPSEA holds news conference: declares talks at an impasse, calls for government intervention.
• BCTF/BCPSEA meet with Labour Minister Mike de Jong in Victoria, appointment of Rick Connolly as a facilitator/ factfinder to hold exploratory talks with the parties.
• Essential services hearings at LRB commence.
• Strike vote held.
• Result 88.5% vote YES.
• First meeting with Connolly
September 23–24• September 23: Strike vote results announced publicly.
• September 23: LRB rules on first phase of job action—notice requires delay of first phase by one day to September 28.
• September 23: EC adopts salary proposal.
• September 24: Substantive meeting with Connolly—discuss two tracks to resolution on WLC and possible benefit/ LTD improvements in second year. Provide substantive case materials on issues.
September 27–October 1• September 27: Meeting with Connolly—change in "atmosphere"—less optimistic on possibilities.
• September 28: BCTF job action commences.
• September 30: LRB–teachers must take attendance.
• September 30: Connolly reports to minister—voluntary agreement between the parties not possible.
• October 1: Meeting of local presidents—briefing/update.
October 3–4• BCTF radio/newspaper ads.
• BCTF meet with Leader of the Opposition.
• Government tables Bill 12.
• BCFed officers meet.
• EC meets October 4. Adopts Action Plan to recommend to members.
• BCTF asks locals to organize local meetings October 5 and 6.
October 5–7• Members vote on Action Plan—approve it by 90.5%.
• BC Federation of Labour officers vote to support BCTF—call upon labour councils to organize rallies across BC.
• BC Fed officers meet with Labour Minister de Jong.
• Education Minister Bond announces creation of Learning Round Table.
• LRB rules planned walkout by teachers an illegal strike.
• BCPSEA files motion in Supreme Court—hearing set for Sunday, October 9.
October 7• Teachers around the province walk off the job—set up picket lines—supported by CUPE and other support staff unions.
• BCFed officers at Van Tech high—major media event.
• Regular conference calls with Labour Councils begin.
• Bill 12 passes in the House.
• Labour Minister announces Vince Ready Industrial Inquiry Commissioner.
October 8–10• October 8: BCTF/BCFed meeting—discuss BCFed support—CUPE attends.
• October 9: Supreme Court—BCPSEA asks for contempt declaration and fine against BCTF. Justice Brown reserves judgment to October 13.
• October 10: BCFed officers meet—identify triggers for action:
– failure to bargain
– heavy fines
October 11• Rick Connolly calls BCTF to meeting—exploratory.
• Roundtable. Ready IIC issues raised by Connolly.
• Labour Council organized rallies held in 19 centres around BC.
• Labour and public support for teachers is overwhelming.
• Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Washington Education Association weigh in.
October 12• Second of Connolly meetings—going nowhere—nothing there.
• BCFed discuss Victoria shutdown for October 17. Objective: get BCTF a table over weekend.
October 13• Justice Brown finds BCTF in contempt of court:
– imposes injunction on union expenditures to support contempt
– appoints monitor to review BCTF expenditures
– no strike pay
October 14• Justice Brown clarifies that her order is not intended to monitor BCTF communications.
• BCFed takes over organization of October 17 Victoria rally.
October 16• Jim Sinclair gets government to consider involvement of Vince Ready as a go-between.
• BCTF rejects government pre-condition that zero/zero mandate must apply.
October 17• Massive rally in Victoria—whole Lower Island shut down. CUPE out on whole island.
• CTF announces "hardship fund."
• Government appoints special prosecutor.
• Crown counsel announce their refusal to prosecute teachers—conflict of interest.
• BCFed announces shutdown in the Kootenays for October 19.
• Ready terms of reference changed to include involvement in dispute.
October 18• BCTF meets with Vince Ready to discuss issues in dispute—identifying our key issues.
• BCFed officers meet to discuss Wednesday action follow-up.
• CUPE members out in northern BC.
• Justice Brown reserves ruling on BCPSEA application on fine imposition to October 21.
October 19• Labour shutdown in both East and West Kootenays. Rallies in the region.
• Further meeting with Ready. No progress evident. Ready says he will draft recommendations.
• EC decides to put our position out publicly next morning in a news conference.
• BCCPAC holds news conference.
October 20• BCTF news conference announces our proposal for settlement.
• BCFed officers meet, decide to stand down and await recommendations.
• OTF/OSSTF ads run in major newspapers.
• CUPE out in Interior.
• BCTF meets with Ready to clarify recommendations.
• BCTF EC decides to accept recommendations with condition of letter on class size/composition.
October 21• BCTF announces its conditional acceptance of Ready recommendations.
• Government announces its unconditional acceptance of Ready recommendations.
• Justice Brown fines BCTF $500,000.
• Government refuses letter requested by BCTF.
• BCTF EC recommends acceptance to members in local votes Saturday/Sunday.
• CUPE out in Lower Mainland—two large rallies.
October 22–23• BCTF asks CUPE to stand down.
• Locals vote on EC recommendation in meetings around the province.
• Members vote yes by 77.7% to accept Ready recommendations and return to work October 24.