B.C. schools get taught a language lesson

Parties at odds over collective agreement provisions
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/18/2014

Schools in british columbia have been taught a lesson in the interpretation of a collective agreement.

The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), which represents teachers in the province, filed a policy grievance against the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association after they claimed teachers were not being properly reimbursed while on leave for union business.

Up for debate was whether or not the collective agreement’s provisions pertaining to leave for union business required the union to reimburse the employers’ association should a teacher on leave for union business be replaced.