Monday, November 23, 2020
ADVT 
National

B.C. teachers go to labour board over COVID-19

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 18 Sep, 2020
  • B.C. teachers go to labour board over COVID-19

The British Columbia Teachers Federation is asking the Labour Relations Board to address its concerns about health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Documents filed with the board say the federation has heard from many of its members about "inconsistent and inadequate" health and safety precautions in schools.

The complaint says the protections do not meet what was promised by the provincial government over the summer about reopening schools.

The teachers have filed the submission under a section of the Labour Relations Code that allows the board to make settlement recommendations if disputes arise while a collective agreement is in force.

The federation urges the labour board to act on an "expedited basis" to resolve concerns that may cause teachers to "refuse to perform unsafe work" or file a "tsunami of grievances" about how school districts have implemented Ministry of Education policies.

The ministry did not immediately respond with a comment.

The B.C. government announced in July that most students would go back to school full time in September. The ministry said Thursday that 85 per cent of kindergarten to Grade 12 students have returned.

MORE National ARTICLES

Cargo theft a growing concern in Canada

Cargo theft a growing concern in Canada

In 2014, when the bureau started compiling cargo theft statistics, $270,000 in stolen cargo was recovered. In 2019, that figure was $14 million.

Cargo theft a growing concern in Canada

N.S. First Nation launches lobster fleet

N.S. First Nation launches lobster fleet

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel was spotted offshore, but a federal spokeswoman later said there were no reports of violence on the water.

N.S. First Nation launches lobster fleet

WATCH: Early Election For BC a possibility

WATCH: Early Election For BC a possibility

WATCH: It’s a trick or a treat for the BC NDP as the possibility of an early provincial election looms for British Columbians.

WATCH: Early Election For BC a possibility

Virtual health care here to stay

Virtual health care here to stay

Patient advocates describe the shift as a double-edged sword, saying the increased health-care access that remote care can provide is often countered by drawbacks that place seniors, disabled Canadians and other marginalized communities at greater risk of harm.

Virtual health care here to stay

Mourners grieve Traynor family killed in shooting

Mourners grieve Traynor family killed in shooting

Fifty-year-old Chris Traynor and the couple's children, 20-year-old Bradley Traynor, 15-year-old Adelaide Traynor and 11-year-old Joseph Traynor were killed in their home earlier this month.

Mourners grieve Traynor family killed in shooting

Surrey's Anti Gang Task Force traffic stop leads to seizure of vehicle and cash worth over $50K

Surrey's Anti Gang Task Force traffic stop leads to seizure of vehicle and cash worth over $50K

As the investigation advanced, police located numerous bundles of bulk cash, estimated to exceed $50,000, and packages of suspected steroids, inside the vehicle.

Surrey's Anti Gang Task Force traffic stop leads to seizure of vehicle and cash worth over $50K