Supreme Court will hear B.C. teachers' appeal in long-running dispute

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal by British Columbia teachers over provincial legislation that blocked them from negotiating class size and composition.

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The teachers are appealing a decision by the province's court of appeal, which said the legislation did not violate their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The appeal court overturned a lower court finding in favour of the teachers.

The legislation, dating to 2002 and 2012, has resulted in bitter labour strife between the teachers and the provincial government.

The struggle included a long legal battle and school strikes.

As is usual in leave-to-appeal rulings, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for its decision to hear the case.


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