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1988 Full Scope Local Bargaining

The BCTF engaged in three rounds of local bargaining under the full collective bargaining model, dramatically changing the very nature of the organization.

Thirty-two disputes led to strikes and three resulted in lockouts. There were also five support staff strikes. The BCTF established the Collective Bargaining Defence Fund and expanded the Federation’s capacity to handle grievances. 

In the third round of local bargaining, government ordered striking Vancouver and Surrey teachers back to work.

In 1991, the Federation waged a major campaign of political action in that fall’s provincial election, focussing on education’s funding and opposition to Bill 82, which imposed wage controls on half of the Federation’s locals.

1988 strike image 1988 picketers image

1988-02 BCTF Newsletter article
Bargaining bottom line: New contracts must include gains, BCTF Newsletter Vol. 27, No. 6, February 11, 1988

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The March 1988 through May 1989 Teacher newsmagazines and BCTF Newsletters featured several articles about bargaining.

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1988-03 Teacher cover 1988-03-07 Newsletter cover 1988-05 Teacher cover 1988-09 Teacher cover
 March 1988

 March 1988

 May 1988

September 1988

1988-10 Teacher cover 1989-01-07 Newsletter cover 1989-05 Teacher cover
October 1988
January 1989
May 1989