Teachers were overwhelmingly united behind the three key bargaining objectives: improved learning conditions, restored bargaining rights, and a fair salary increase, with learning conditions being the top priority.
The Declaration of Teaching and Learning Conditions was tabled as part of the BCTF's bargaining objectives and used in member and public relations activities in conjunction with the Charter for Public Education, and our policy on Professional Rights and Standards of Practice to promote public and parental support and advocacy for public education.
On September 19, 2005, labour minister, Mike de Jong, appointed a fact-finder, Labour Associate Deputy Minister Rick Connolly, to assess the negotiations between the BCTF and BCPSEA. His report, released on September 30th, indicated that both sides were at an impasse and unable to reach a negotiated settlement. The report offered no solutions.
On October 3, 2005, the BC Liberals introduced Bill 12, the Teachers’ Collective Agreement Act, which imposed a contract on BC’s teachers and ordered an end to job action. It mandated zero-zero-zero, and extended the existing contract to June 2006.