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Negotiation or legislation?

All summer long, there's been one overriding conversation amongst parents who have school-age children: British Columbia's acrimonious teachers' strike.

Project analyst Robert Ford, with Credential Financial, has a 12-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who won't be starting their school year this Tuesday, and he said the parents at his company all feel the same.

"Fed up," he said. "That's it. No matter what, they want it done. Parents have actually devolved in their opinions to (picking) neither side. Just get 'er done."

Fourteen weeks have passed since BC's more than 40,000 unionized teachers walked off the job in a rotating and then full-scale strike last June, ejecting half-a-million children from classes about two weeks before summer break.

Now we know schools aren't opening Tuesday, and it's unclear when they will.

What do you think, should the BC government legislate teachers back to work and risk continuing the strike cycle? Or should they stand fast and try for a negotiated settlement?





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