SOURCE: Allies for BC Public Education

Allies for BC Public Education

October 07, 2014 08:00 ET

Are BC Businesses About to Undermine Public Education in British Columbia?

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - October 07, 2014) - This is a story that affects all British Columbians. October 14, 2014 there is a BC Court of Appeal hearing between the BC Government and the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. The hearing is not about whether we can afford to adequately fund BC Public Education. It's about contracts: whether the Government must uphold them or not. That is, a deal is a deal or it's not a deal. 

The Coalition of BC Businesses, which claims to represent 50,000 employers and 500,000 employees, is intervening in the hearing. The Coalition is arguing that the BC Government should be allowed to break employment contracts anytime it wants. 

This is despite two BC Supreme Court rulings that state the Government cannot create laws that break employment contracts, as this is unconstitutional. Justice S. Griffin's Jan 27, 2014 BC Supreme Court ruling summary said it best: 

"This is part of Canada's democratic structure, which requires that governments must act legally, within the supreme law of the country, the Constitution."

Clearly many business owners have no idea what is being said in their name. 

An exception to this trend is White Spot Restaurants (Coalition member -- Restaurants Canada) who issued a misleading statement on their Facebook page September 14, 2014. More than 200 responses in the comment section show White Spot Restaurants had not gone far enough in asking the Coalition to withdraw its intervenor status.

Allies for BC Public Education knows that most British Columbians and BC Businesses believe in upholding employment contracts. Businesses in BC play a leadership role in their communities. British Columbians support the core Canadian value of a world-class Public Education for our children.

Who are we

Allies for BC Public Education is a grass roots movement that includes business owners, concerned citizens, parents, and teachers. Our organization is growing quickly:

How you can help

BC Business Coalition members should speak to their association executives and formally request that either the Coalition withdraws its intervenor status or their association withdraws from the coalition. 

All British Columbians can sign up to be an Ally for BC Public Education at www.bcbstopintervening.org and sign the petition. We are also encouraging British Columbians to reach out to local businesses and let them know what the Coalition is saying on their behalf.

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