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The BC Supreme Court has released its decision regarding Bills 27 and 28 which limited the rights of teachers to negotiate class size, class composition and school calendar.
Paragraph 381 reads: "I conclude: a) In enacting ss. 8, 9 and 15 of PEFCA, and s. 5 of the Amendment Act, the government infringed teachers' freedom of association guaranteed by s. 2(d) of the Charter. b) This infringement was not a reasonable limit demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society under s. 1 of the Charter."
These sections prohibit teachers from negotiating class size and class composition limits, as well as extended day and year-round schooling.
The Court provided a one year period for the government to "address the repercussions of this decision".
The Court commented on the effects of the legislation for teachers:
"The legislation undoubtedly was seen by teachers as evidence that the government did not respect them or consider them to be valued contributors to the education system, having excluded them from any freedom to associate to influence their working conditions. this was a seriously deleterious effect of the legislation, one adversely disproportionate to any salutary effects revealed by the evidence."
You can access the full decision here: http://www.harrisco.com/_pdfs/GriffinBCTFvBC.pdf
Excellent reminder of Christy Clark's role is on Vaugh Palmer's blog here: http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/viewfromtheledge/default.aspx
More analysis coming soon...