Bargaining began in February 2011, months before the 2006-11 collective agreement ran out. But after a year at the bargaining table with no progress, and facing government’s “net zero” bargaining mandate and further restrictive legislation, teachers voted 87% to withdraw services beginning in March of 2012. Under essential services legislation, the BC Labour Relations Board had ruled that teachers could strike for 3 days, and then one day a week after that, but that there could be no picketing of schools. Administrative officers and support staff kept schools open as teachers walked off the job on March 6, 7 and 8. The subsequent legislation, Bill 22, ordered a "cooling off period”, banned teachers from striking, imposed a 2-year wage freeze, required the BCTF to negotiate employer concessions including the erosion of PD autonomy, evaluation and seniority provisions. But the government didn’t get everything it wanted.