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BCTF court victory won’t bring immediate changes to Peace Region: SD 60

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Although the BCTF won the recent court case against the B.C. Government, School District 60 says that changes won’t likely happen right away.

Dave Sloan with the School District said in his Superintendent’s Report Monday evening that they don’t expect any major changes to happen right away when it comes to bargaining rights.

“It means that changes will be coming but not right away so I don’t want anyone to get terribly anxious around what this means. The Premier herself has spoke about how excited she is that they are going to get to revisit some of this.”

Sloan says this will trigger new talks at the provincial level to determine what, when and how this decision will impact schools.

“For now we have a collective agreement in place. Learning will continue uninterrupted and both sides will watch and wait and see what positive changes arise from the (court) decision.”

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He also says there is a re-opener clause in the current collective agreement. Based on the outcome from the court decision, he expects the matter to be revisited and he is sure both sides are “anxious” to determine what this will mean going forward.

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