BCTF was closed for five weeks from April 26, 2007, to
June 4, 2007, due to a labour dispute with one of its
BCTF bargaining team informed members of Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union, CEP 464, in November 2006,
that the BCTF was intent on negotiating concessions and
removing provisions from the CEP 464 collective agreement.
It also provided letters stating that the BCTF would be
unilaterally changing medical benefit coverage and the
process for accumulating compensatory time."
464 represent teachers and former teachers who are bargaining
specialists, professional development specialists, pension
specialists, salary indemnity specialists, WCB claims
officers, health and safety specialists, field service
specialists, communications specialists, as well as lawyers,
and an accountant. The CEP 464 bargaining team informed
the BCTF that it was willing to negotiate and trade items
but was not willing to agree to straight concessions."
late April, the BCTF bargaining team stated that it would
not trade anything and its mandate was to gain a straight
concession from its staff. CEP 464 launched a full-scale
strike on April 26, 2007, and the BCTF went to the Labour
Relations Board seeking an anticipatory injunction to
stop picketing at the rescheduled BCTF Annual General
Meeting. Eventually, the BCTF withdrew its application
at the LRB for an injunction. In response to the BCTF
withdrawing its application, CEP 464 announced that it
would lift its pickets and return to work, maintaining
a work-to-rule campaign. The BCTF responded on May 1,
2007, by locking out its staff."
agreement-in-committee was reached in the early hours
of June 1, 2007, when the BCTF agreed to a salary increase
of 2%, to provide an early retirement incentive plan for
CEP members retiring from service at the BCTF, and to
provide a return to work bonus of $3,500. Future hires
at the BCTF will receive a reduced retirement gratuity
on retiring after 10 years of service and will not have
the same medical benefit coverage as current members of
lockout lasted from May 1, 2007 to June 1, 2007. The BCTF
building reopened on June 4, 2007."
five-week shutdown was the longest in the history of the
BCTF. In 1998, there was a two-week strike by the support
staff at the BCTF."