UBCM report exposes government mismanagement of B.C. Ferries

SpiritClass.jpgA new report released by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) seriously questions the decisions of the provincial government’s to decrease ferry service and rapidly increasing fares over the past decade.

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[MEDIA RELEASE] Green MLA Andrew Weaver calls for 50,000 signatures on education petition

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Thurs. Sept. 11, 2014

VICTORIA, B.C. – A petition released by Green MLA Andrew Weaver on Monday afternoon, which calls on the BC government to accept binding arbitration with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, has accumulated 25,000 signatures in three days. Weaver has now announced a goal of doubling those signatures to 50,000.

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Andrew Weaver Speaking at Education rally

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Join thousands in calling on the BC government to accept the BCTF's invitation to binding arbitration

On Saturday, September 6, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced that the BC government was rejecting the BC Teachers' Federation's proposal to seek binding arbitration in order to bring the ongoing labour dispute to an end.

Binding arbitration is a time-tested means of ending labour disputes when face-to-face negotiations and mediation break down. That the government dismissed it suggests that they are not interested in reaching a fair settlement. 

It is time to end this strike. It’s time to stop playing politics with our children, teachers, and parents. It’s time for Minister Fassbender and Premier Clark to do what is right, to do what is clearly in the public interest, and to agree to what is really the only fair solution to ending this strike: binding arbitration. 

Green Party of BC MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Andrew Weaver, has started a petition calling on the BC government to accept the BCTF's invitation to binding arbitration. Will you add your name?

The response has been incredible: less that 20 hours after first launching the petition, it already had over 8000 signatures! 

Will you add your voice, and invite your friends, family and neighbours to do the same? Together we are making a difference.

Click here to sign the petition.

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Andrew Weaver Welcomes BCTF call for Binding Arbitration

Victoria B.C. – Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and Deputy Leader of the BC Green Party welcomes the call today from the BC Teachers Federation for binding arbitration in the ongoing education dispute.

“It’s time to resolve this dispute and get our children back into the classroom,” says Andrew Weaver. “The signs are clear that mediation isn’t working; we need another way to bring the two sides together. Binding arbitration is a perfectly reasonable request. The government will look entirely unreasonable if they do not agree”.

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