To the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled and the British Columbia Teachers Federation:
The petition of the undersigned states that:
Whereas a stable and robust public education system is essential for the social, economic and environmental future of the province;
and Whereas there is much to be proud of in our public schools including well-educated, hard-working teachers; parents who advocate passionately for their children; and students who consistently perform strongly in the Programme for International Student Assessment;
and Whereas the education and livelihood of BC children, their parents, their teachers and school support staff and many others throughout BC are being adversely affected by the ongoing labour dispute;
and Whereas the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation has agreed to seek binding arbitration to settle their labour dispute;
and Whereas face to face negotiations and mediation have broken down;
Therefore, be it resolved that the BC government reverse its decision and agree to binding arbitration in order to settle the labour dispute with BC teachers.
Dated 8th day of September, 2015.