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Teachers and B.C. government must end ongoing bitterness with contract: parent

VANCOUVER - Job action by teachers starting Wednesday will further pit parents against the educators and the government, says the chairman of a Parent Advisory Council at a Vancouver school. Robert Ford said parents have had enough after 10 years of bitterness between both sides, which must negotiate a contract for the sake of students whose education is being impacted yet again. "Can we just educate our children? We pay taxes for you to sort out the money stuff, not to continually hose us with budget cuts and teachers' strikes," Ford said Tuesday.

Union representing B.C.'s teachers announces the start of job action

VANCOUVER - Job action by British Columbia's 41,000 teachers will begin next Wednesday, but the union's president says schools will remain open. Jim Iker of the B.C. Teachers Federation said Thursday the first stage of job action means teachers won't attend meetings with management, other than health and safety talks, or supervise students outside regular class hours. He also said teachers won't provide or receive printed, written or electronic communications from administrators or be at work more than an hour before or after classes.

Legal battle brewing in B.C. over temporary foreign worker program

VANCOUVER - Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up. The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115, and the Ironworkers, Local 97, want the court to immediately revoke any temporary foreign worker permits issued to O According to the unions, O IUOE Local 115 business manager Brian Cochrane says that's when the union learned O

Government negotiator seeks student safety agreement with teachers' union

VICTORIA - The preparation for job action between the union representing B.C.'s public school teachers and the government intensified Friday into acrimonious accusations about student safety. Peter Cameron, the government's chief negotiator, said he found it bizarre that the B.C. Teachers Federation did not respond to his proposal to work out an agreement on supervising students during job action. BCTF President Jim Iker responded that Cameron appears to be attempting to provoke public sentiment against the teachers.

Unifor seeking to represent Toyota workers in Ontario, vote set for next week

Unifor, the union looking to represent Toyota workers in three Canadian plants, is set for a vote that will be closely watched by labour groups after a failed attempt at unionization at another U.S. car plant last month. The union, which was formed last year with the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, said Monday it had filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board to represent more than 6,500 workers at Toyota's auto plants in Ontario.

B.C. teachers to talk contract after 89 per cent vote for job action

VANCOUVER - B.C.'s education minister says the government is waiting for the teachers' union to table contract demands — especially wages — now that members have voted 89 per cent in favour of a strike. Peter Fassbender said Friday that government negotiators have been essentially negotiating with themselves because their offer is the only one on the table. B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker said union negotiators continued bargaining Friday and are prepared to be at talks scheduled for next week.

Leaked document says teachers prepare to strike, union says its not their paper

VICTORIA - The long-standing animosities between British Columbia's unionized teachers and the Liberal government surfaced again Wednesday with the release of a document outlining strike plans, amidst a union strike vote and the resumption of contract talks. B.C. Teachers' Federation President Jim Iker denied the document was written by the union, but Education Minister Peter Fassbender said the paper was leaked to the government by a union member.

Labour battle brews as Nova Scotia union plans legal challenge of home-care law

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's largest union says it will mount a court challenge of a new law aimed at preventing strikes in the home-care sector in what is the latest sign that a battle is brewing between labour groups and the provincial government. Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, said Monday it will launch a legal challenge of the province's Essential Home-Support Services Act, passed Saturday by the majority Liberal government.

Manitoba Safeway workers say yes to strike mandate for union negotiators

WINNIPEG - Workers at Canada Safeway stores in Manitoba have voted almost 100 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands. Around 3,000 employees of the giant food chain gathered Sunday in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, Neepawa, Steinbach and Thompson to cast ballots to give their union negotiators a strike mandate. The staff are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832. Their contract expires March 15, but more negotiations are scheduled before then. The UFCW says a key issue is the elimination of a two-tier wage scale.

Manitoba Safeway workers say yes to strike mandate for union negotiators

WINNIPEG - Workers at Canada Safeway stores in Manitoba have voted almost 100 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands. Around 3,000 employees of the giant food chain gathered Sunday in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, Neepawa, Steinbach and Thompson to cast ballots to give their union negotiators a strike mandate. The staff are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832. Their contract expires March 15, but more negotiations are scheduled before then. The UFCW says a key issue is the elimination of a two-tier wage scale.
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