Efforts to restart negotiations in the B.C. teachers' strike that were made Thursday have yet to yield any concrete results, increasing speculation the government has other plans to get the teachers back to work...The union last struck in 2012. Clearly there's a hostile relationship between the union and the government. That's never a recipe for a good outcome.
[O]n Friday morning, there was no sign from either side that a new round of actual negotiations has been scheduled.
Meanwhile, there are more signs government plans to legislate the teachers back to work if a deal is not reached by Oct. 6 when the legislature resumes sitting...
One former Liberal education minister says a legislated settlement is looking more and more likely.
The government and union have a long history of struggle over control of educational policy, with the union striking more than 50 times in the past 40 years and at least three settlements imposed by government.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Teachers Strike in British Columbia Continues
What good does a strike do if the government can just legislate a settlement compel everyone back to work?