Congratulations to BC's health workers for their Supreme Court win, say Vancouver Elementary Teachers

    VANCOUVER, June 8 /CNW/ - "Congratulations to the practical nurses,
cleaners, cooks, maintenance workers of British Columbia who had their
collective bargaining rights trampled by the BC government," says Glen
Hansman, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association.
"Today's Supreme Court of Canada ruling is a huge win for workers in BC, and
we have them to thank."
    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the collective bargaining
process is protected by the Charter of Rights, throwing out sections of a BC
law that gutted the health workers' collective agreements in 2002. The
province has given the province twelve months to fix it.
    "There are obvious parallels to what happened to the hospital workers and
what happened to teachers back in 2002, and obviously we will have to looking
at how this decision affects us," says Glen Hansman. "One of the first things
the BC Liberal government did after they came into power six years ago was to
strip the freely-negotiated language addressing teachers' workload. These
strips removed decades worth of negotiated language related to class size and
class composition. Teachers in Vancouver were particularly affected by this,
as we traditionally have emphasized better learning conditions for our
students during the bargaining process."
    The Supreme Court of Canada ruling overturns earlier rulings that
excluded collective bargaining from Charter protection. The court found that,
"previous rulings do not withstand principles scrutiny and should be

    Here is the link to the full Supreme Court ruling:

For further information:

For further information: Glen Hansman, at (604) 873-8378
(Monday-Friday), (604) 813-5318 (cell), or

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