Essential Services

2014

Jun 27

LRB Order: Summer School

Labour Relations Board Order: Summer School

Jun 20

Essential Services No. 2014-08

Labour Relations Board Order Issued Today Regarding Marks for Grade 10 and 11 Students.

00-Attachment to No 2014-08-June 20 LRB Order.pdf

Jun 13

Essential Services No. 2014-06
The LRB has now issued an Essential Services Order applicable to all support staff union members in the K-12 sector during the full withdrawal strike. 

Jun 12

Essential Services No. 2014-05
The LRB has issued a further Essential Services Order today regarding BCTF members

Jun 10

Essential Services No. 2014-04

LRB Order Issued Today: Supervision of Students During Noon Hour and Recess.

00-Attachment to 2014-04-LRB Order-CUPE recess - lunch - EA order copy.pdf

Jun 06

BCPSEA Application to LRB to Vary Order 74/14


Apr 22

Essential Services No. 2014-03
Responses to frequently asked questions to clarify the “rules” governing the BCTF strike action.

Apr 17

Essential Services No. 2014-02
BCPSEA has received strike notice for all school districts from the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF).
Attachment to No 2014-02 BCTF Strike Notice

Apr 17

Essential Services No. 2014-01
We have now received the Essential Services Designation Order (ESDO) issued by the Labour Relations Board. 
Attachment to No 2014-01 LRB April 17 2014 ESDO

2012

Mar 15

Essential Services No. 2012-10
Education Improvement Act Receives Royal Assent: “Cooling Off” Period Takes Effect March 17.

Mar 01

Essential Services No. 2012-08
School districts will need to examine their own protocols and experiences to determine how they will operate during the teachers’ withdrawal of services.

Mar 01

Essential Services No. 2012-07
BCPSEA has been served strike notice by the BC Teachers’ Federation pursuant to the Labour Relations Board Order of February 28.

Feb 28

Essential Services No. 2012-06

The Labour Relations Board has issued its order regarding BCTF strike escalation.

Attachment: LRB Order on BCTF's strike escalation

Feb 24

Essential Services No. 2012-05
We have received reports from a number of school districts that their local teachers’ associations are now preparing to take a vote of their members next Tuesday and/or Wednesday to determine if BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) members are in favour of escalating their strike to a complete withdrawal of teaching duties.

Feb 08

Essential Services No. 2012-04
We have received reports from a number of school districts that their local teachers’associations are canvassing BCTF members concerning potential increased strike activity.

Jan 26

Essential Services No. 2012-03

The LRB issued a further letter late this afternoon, which provides as follows:

“The direction to mark the exams as scheduled must be given full effect. To that end, to the extent to which any further clarity may be required, pursuant to B21/2012, BCTF members are directed to mark the English 10 and Socials 11 provincial exams as they have in the past. I reiterate that administrators are to be used to the best extent possible in the marking of exams.”

LRB letter on further instructions for making of provincial exam

Jan 25

Essential Services No. 2012-02

The LRB has now issued further directions in this matter which support BCPSEA’s position (see attached decision B21//2012). The LRB has found that the appropriate criteria to assess an administrator’s ability to mark the essay component of the identified exams.

Attachment: LRB decision B21/2012

Jan 18

Essential Services No. 2012-01
The BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have recently reached agreement on class/program composition and formation activities related to the beginning of the second semester.

2011

Dec 20

Essential Services No. 2011-17

While the LRB dismissed the BCPSEA reconsideration application, finding that asking the LRB to make the determination regarding reimbursement sought to have the LRB “directly intervene in the dispute between the parties in a manner well beyond the Board’s established approach to essential services designations,” the LRB directed that the remedy lies in re-addressing the fundamental approach to essential services designations in the education sector.

The LRB observed that, “as noted, the approach adopted by the parties in Phase 1 simply has not worked. It has not been balanced or effective in putting pressure on both parties.”

Attachment: LRB decision on Reimbursement

Dec 13

Essential Services No. 2011-16
On November 29, 2011 the LRB issued its decision on this matter in B214/2011. The LRB denied the BCPSEA application to require the BCTF, on notice from BCPSEA, to reimburse school districts for an amount equivalent to the duties that teachers are not performing due to the strike. BCPSEA has today applied for reconsideration of that specific decision. 


The primary ground for our reconsideration is that the original decision did not properly interpret the LRB’s role in an essential services dispute.

Attachment: LRB Application for Reconsideration


Dec 12

Essential Services No. 2011-15

The Labour Relations Board (LRB) issued a decision (B221/2011) last week providing, on an interim basis, that:

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) members will continue to mark the identified Provincial exams as they have in the past, subject to administrators being utilized to the best extent possible. The parties should discuss how to implement this direction at the local level and ensure that marking is done in a timely manner to ensure a student’s progress is not impeded.

Dec 07

Essential Services No. 2011-14
In a decision (B221/2011) issued on December 2, 2011, the LRB ordered, on an interim basis, that:
  • BCTF members will continue their activities with respect to the Oral Component of the Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 in the usual manner at the times currently scheduled or to be scheduled.

On December 6, 2011 BCTF filed an application with the LRB seeking several changes to the order.

The LRB has now issued a decision by letter (attached) that dismisses BCTF’s application with

Dec 02

Essential Services No. 2011-13

The BCTF has been directing teachers not to conduct the oral component of the provincial French language examinations that are or will be scheduled for students to take between December 5 and January 13.

The BCTF has also directed teachers not to mark the “essay” components of provincial exams that are marked locally (English 10, English 10 First Peoples, Francais Langue Premiere 10, Civics 11, Éducation civique 11, Social Studies 11, Sciences humaines 11, BC First Nations Studies 12, and Études des Premières Nations de la C.-B. 12 (“ the identified Provincial exams”).

In a decision (B221/2011 attached) issued today, December 2, 2011, the LRB has issued a ruling that provides, on an interim basis, that: 

  • BCTF members will continue their activities with respect to the Oral Component of the Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 in the usual manner at the times currently scheduled or to be scheduled; and 
  • BCTF members will continue to mark the identified Provincial exams as they have in the past, subject to administrators being utilized to the best extent possible. The parties should discuss how to implement this direction at the local level and ensure that marking is done in a timely manner to ensure a student’s progress is not impeded.

Attachment: LRB Decision B221/2011

Nov 29

Essential Services No. 2011-12
In a decision (B214/2011 attached) issued late today, November 29, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) has declined to find in favour of the employers’ application seeking a variance to the Essential Services Order to:
  • require teachers to prepare and distribute report cards, and
  • require the BCTF, upon notice to BCPSEA, to reimburse each school district monthly in an amount equal to 15% of the total gross salaries and benefits costs paid to or on behalf of BCTF members by the school district for that month.

Attachment: LRB Decision B214-2011

Nov 02

Essential Services No. 2011-11

In a decision issued November 1, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) has confirmed that administrators and school districts continue to have the authority to approve or deny field trips (see BCLRB No. B193/2011). The approval of field trips by administrators and school districts should continue to be made on the basis of the legitimate considerations in the various school districts, school policies regarding field trips, as well as considerations that ensure managers and excluded staff are being used to the best extent possible.

Attachment: LRB Decision B193-2011

Oct 28

Essential Services No. 2011-10
Frequently Asked Questions about BCPSEA's application to the Labour Relations Board.

Oct 26

Essential Services No. 2011-09

LRB Application October 26, 2011

BCPSEA has today filed an application with the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to request that the LRB vary the Essential Services Order to:

  • require teachers to prepare and distribute report cards, and
  • require the BCTF, upon notice to BCPSEA, to reimburse each school district monthly in an amount equal to 15% of the total gross salaries and benefits costs paid to or on behalf of BCTF members by the school district for that month.

Oct 05

Essential Services No. 2011-08
Attachment: LRB Order October 5, 2011

BCPSEA filed an application last week with the Labour Relations Board (LRB) challenging the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) position that School-based Team (SBT) Meetings should occur during the teachers’ strike only on the basis that administrators’ attendance at such meetings is limited to those where a student to whom they provide direct service was under discussion. This update provides information about the LRB's Order.

Sep 16

Essential Services No. 2011-07
This update provides information about 1701 form completion, student referral forms, IEP meetings and training regarding Epi-pen use during Phase 1. 

Sep 07

Essential Services No. 2011-06
Attachment: BC Labour Relations Board Decision B161 2011

On September 2, 2011 the Labour Relations Board (LRB) issued a decision on whether teachers may withdraw services from the classroom. This issue provides information about this decision. 

Aug 30

Essential Services No. 2011-05
This issue includes FAQ's about teachers’ participation in first-day meetings, activities prior to the start of school, and the responsibilities of a Teacher In Charge (TIC).

Aug 12

Essential Services No. 2011-04
This issue provides information on the organization of class/program composition and formation and the supervision of students during the teacher strike. 

Aug 09

Essential Services No. 2011-03
Attachment: Labour Relations Board decision on Transmission of Attendance during Phase 1 Job Action

This update provides information about the LRB’s decision regarding attendance as well as a detailed overview of student supervision during Phase 1. 

Jul 27

Essential Services No. 2011-02

Attachment: Labour Relations Board decision on BC Teachers' Federation Phase 1 Job Action

The Board’s decision (B132/2011 attached) determines which activities may and may not be affected if Phase 1 is implemented in September. This update provides information about the Labour Relations Board's decision on which activities may or may not be affected if a Phase 1 teacher strike is implemented. 

Jun 23

Essential Services No. 2011-01
This update provides information on the requirements for legal strike activity and the essential services process. You will also find FAQ's about the BC Teacher Federation's strike vote scheduled for June 24 and June 27-28, 2011 and potential strike activity.