Megan Dykeman (Township) â€“ No. Issues which are of a local nature should be negotiated locally, but negotiation of issues which are within the sole prevue of the provincial government should remain the sole responsibility of the province.
Kristine Ketter (Township) â€“ Donâ€™t know. I am not well versed enough in how local bargaining was structured previously to make a decision at this time. I do know that school districts throughout British Columbia are very different with many different needs. To make a decision that will affect a district in northern BC in the same way as it will affect a district in MetroVancouver may not be in the best interest of teachers or students.
Suzanne Perreault (Township) â€“ The current process of the provincially bargaining is a good position to be in currently. I donâ€™t believe the District is best served sitting at the table at this time but they defiantly need to have a voice that is heard and to be part of a process that provides input and direction in the provincial negotiations.
Rod Ross (Township) â€“ No. A wise person once said, â€œYou get more with honey than you do with vinegar.â€ We need to ask appropriately with respect in all our dealings with provincial authorities. It is a long-term relationship we are in and if we are going to be â€œmore aggressiveâ€â€¦it will not serve us well. This is a short term mindset that may give you some quick wins but we are here for the long term and this strategy tends to alienate you for decision makers. To put this question into perspective ask yourself, â€œWould you want staff to be more aggressive in dealing with you?â€
Rod Ross (Township) â€“ NO NEVER. I have been there and never wish to return. The BCTF is a strong provincial union and must be countered with a strong provincial employer (BCPSEA).
David Tod (Township) â€“ Yes, in many areas