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BCTF v. British Columbia - contract stripping

British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 49, 2016/11/10, Supreme Court of Canada

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 185, 2015/04/30, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 184, 2015/04/30, BC Court of Appeal 

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia , 2014 BCCA 75, 2014/02/26, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia , 2014 BCSC 121, 2014/01/13, BC Supreme Court

British Columbia Teachers' Federation v. British Columbia , 2011 BCSC 469, 2011/04/13, BC Supreme Court

Maternity/parental leave

In November 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on a case that had begun as a grievance in Surrey and had proceeded through from the arbitration to the BC Court of Appeal and then to the Supreme Court. The court sided with the BCTF, agreeing that it was discriminatory to deny birth mothers parental benefits because they had received pregnancy benefits.

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association, 2014 SCC 70, 2014/11/12, Supreme Court of Canada

British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association v. British Columbia Teachers’ Federation , 2014 BCCA 110, 2014/03/24, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association v. British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, 2013 BCCA 405, 2015/09/20, BC Court of Appeal

Freedom of expression

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association, 2013 BCCA 241, 2013/05/21, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association v. British Columbia Teachers’ Federation,2005 BCCA 393, 2005/08/03, BC Court of Appeal

Freedom to associate

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Assn.,2009 BCCA 39, 2009/02/04, BC Court of Appeal

Class size and composition 

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association , 2012 BCCA 326, 2012/08/03, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association, 2011 BCCA 148, 2011/03/30, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association,2005 BCCA 92, 2005/02/18, BC Court of Appeal

Student codes of conduct

B.C. Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia (Public School Employers’ Association) , 2011 BCCA 537, 2011/12/29, BC Court of Appeal

Third-party election advertisements

In May 2008, the BC government passed Bill 42, the "Gag Law." This law imposed extreme restrictions on public engagement well in advance of election dates. The BCTF joined with other unions in a court case to oppose the restrictions on freedom of expression in the legislation. The court ruled against government, which then redrafted a second gag law, which was also deemed unjustifiable by the courts. Government appealed and the BC Court of Appeal affirmed the ruling in 2011, concluding the gag law provisions were unconstitutional.

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v. British Columbia (Attorney General) , 2011 BCCA 408, 2011/10/19, BC Court of Appeal

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia, British Columbia Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, British Columbia Nurses’ Union and Marcia Toms v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2009 BCSC 436, 2009/03/30, BC Supreme Court

Tolerance in the classroom

Chamberlain v. Surrey School District #36, 2000 BCCA 519, 2000/09/20, BC Court of Appeal