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BCTF to appeal today’s ruling over class size and composition

The B.C. Teachers Federation won’t give up the fight for its right to bargain over class size and composition.

The union announced it will go to the Supreme Court of Canada after today’s B.C. Appeal Court decision ruling that legislation taking away those rights is constitutional.

Jim Iker is the president of the BCTF.

The court overturned two lower court rulings that found the provincial government infringed on teachers’ rights when it passed separate legislation in 2002 and in 2012.

Iker says today’s ruling gives too much power to the government.

Premier Christy Clark says the two sides now have a unique opportunity to end the dispute.

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