B.C.'s reputation as a hotbed of labour militancy, where strikes and lockouts shut down major parts of the economy or public service, has waned since the 1980s.
But there's one sector where time seems to have stood still – education.
The relationship between the main teachers' union and the B.C. government, which oversees province-wide collective bargaining, is perhaps the most dysfunctional in Canada.
B.C.'s public-school teachers voted overwhelmingly last week to strike or take any other job action the B.C. Teachers' Federation deems necessary to back its contract demands.
There's no expectation of an immediate walkout but the union representing 29,000 teachers hopes the threat, backed by an 89 per cent endorsement, will encourage the government's bargaining team to take its demands more seriously.
"We do not consider job action unless it's absolutely necessary," federation president Jim Iker said, according to CBC News.
The teachers would increase the pressure gradually, starting withRead More »from Years of bitterness cloud latest bargaining round between B.C. and teachers