Petition for binding arbitration hits 10,000-signature mark 24 hours after Greens posted it

It offers no solutions on how to fund a settlement reached by arbitration, but the Green Party of B.C. has received more than 10,000 signatures on an online petition posted Monday urging provincial negotiators to accept binding arbitration to settle the teachers’ strike.

Similar petitions previously hosted by the party fell far short of the 10,000 signatures mark, at least online. One demanding Premier Christy Clark reject the Northern Gateway pipeline gathered 4,421 signatures, and another calling for an independent investigation into the Mount Polley mine disaster reached 2,397 signatures.

The full text of the education petition, ostensibly posted by the party’s lone MLA, Andrew Weaver, reads like a formal motion:

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.

Petition calling on the BC Government to agree to binding arbitration with the BC Teachers’ Federation

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:

As of the time of this writing, the number of signatories stood at 10,009.