Monday’s updates

Parents can apply for $40/day payment here for children 12 years of age and under, registered in a BC public school:

Money will not be received until sometime after strike ends, will not be taxable, and can be spent in whatever way parent deems appropriate (daycare, tutoring, donated to PAC, donated to teachers, pizza, RESP contributions, etc).

While the form asks for the student’s personal education number, it is not required.

According to SD57 website:

“It is unlikely that schools in School District No. 57 will be open for the period September 2 – 5, 2014. Any changes will be updated to the website immediately. ”

Information from Prince George District Teacher Association on planned rally: RallyforPublicEducation

Two articles on historic relationship between government and teachers:

Article on Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in 2007, on BC health services & support union’s challenge to the 2002 BC government “contact stripping”. This is the ruling  which lead to the BCTF’s win in BC courts in 2011:

“This past June, the Supreme Court of Canada did something that it rarely does: expressly overrule one of its judicial precedents, acknowledge that its prior analysis was wrong, and begin to rebuild its legal foundations anew. Such a volte-face by the court is even rarer for cases under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Yet all of this happened in B.C. Health Services.

In its path-breaking decision, the Court ruled the British Columbia government had breached the Charter rights of healthcare and social service employees when it invalidated a range of substantial workplace protections won by their unions during previous rounds of collective bargaining. With the decision, the Court reversed 20 years of Charter jurisprudence on workplace associational rights and set the Constitution on a new course.

The judgement in B.C. Health Services came as an enormous surprise to most Charter watchers. In 1987, the Supreme Court had issued its famous “labour trilogy” decisions, where it stated, with arid and unimaginative reasoning, that legislative restrictions on collective bargaining and legal strikes did not offend the freedom of association guarantee — Section 2(d) — of the Charter. Other decisions followed in the 1990s, which only confirmed the Court’s lifeless approach to Section 2(d).”