December 13, 2012
Briefing Note: Teacher-Public School Employer Bargaining 2013
Arising out of a conversation at the November BCPSEA Symposium, later that month and continuing intoearly December representatives of the BCTF and BCPSEA met to discuss bargaining 2013 focussed onwhether or not a better model could be adopted.On December 6, 2012 the parties concluded an agreement (“agreement in committee”) with thecommitment to either formally adopt or abandon it. The parties established a deadline of January 9, 2013to allow for their respective approval processes to be completed.
The agreement in committee contains the following elements:
An agreement to research, develop and write a comprehensive data resource to assist withinformed discussions
General process timelines: Early commencement of bargaining with a focus on concluding anagreement before expiry
A facilitator appointed at the outset to
assist with all matters of collective bargaining
Report at expiry
: If no agreement has been reached by the expiry of the collective agreement, the facilitator will issue a report to the parties outlining the outstanding issues and the position of the parties on these issues, matters resolved at the table and suggested processes for continued negotiations
Codification of a revised split of issues
Alignment with the previously agreed upon local matters bargaining processes (Letter of Understanding No. 1).
This model contains many of the elements of the Don Wright report (2004) and Vince Ready’srecommendations (2007) and most importantly is negotiated between the bargaining agents. While this isclearly an advantage one must reflect on structure, process and attitude:
From Ready (2007): “I have, therefore, concluded that, in the circumstances, it is not the formator process of collective bargaining which will help achieve a collective agreement.”
From Wright (2004): “Even if fully implemented, these recommendations will not significantlyimprove the state of bargaining unless there is an attitudinal and behavioral change of both sides.