B.C. schools back in session

Union, province ink historic deal through mediation, ending bitter strike
By Sabrina Nanji
|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.