B.C. schools back in sessionUnion, province ink historic deal through mediation, ending bitter strikeBy Sabrina Nanji09/29/2014|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/29/2014 It took much more than an apple to persuade teachers in British Columbia to return to the classroom, but both the union and government have signed a deal — putting an end to a months-long strike. Students returned to school last week, almost two weeks behind the rest of their Canadian counterparts, alongside teachers who ratified the agreement with 86 per cent support on Sept. 18, after 20 months at the bargaining table. The next day, the agreement was ratified unanimously by the employer, the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and its 60 education boards."In negotiations, there is always give and take, and both parties have to be willing to give and take," said Peter Fassbender, British Columbia’s education minister. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.