Program Details

The objectives of CLASS are to:

  • Coordinate and strategically promote litigation outcomes which support districts’ rights to effectively manage school operations and improve student outcomes
  • Ensure labour issues are litigated in the most cost effective manner
  • Achieve economies of scale on legal costs
  • Increase the predictability of costing for school districts
  • Minimize duplication of legal services.

CLASS pays for the defence costs of grievance arbitrations and other labour actions on behalf of school districts and/or BCPSEA. For clarity, CLASS applies to the following:

  • Grievances at or after the step in the grievance process immediately preceding referral to arbitration
  • Grievance arbitrations and appeals of grievance arbitrations
  • Applications or claims (other than appeals) made against a school district(s) and/or BCPSEA before the British Columbia Labour Relations Board
  • Claims made against school districts and/or BCPSEA before the courts related to an employee covered by a collective agreement or a union
  • Human rights complaints where the Risk Management Branch has delegated its authority, with BCPSEA’s agreement, to BCPSEA to manage the case.

(together, the “Core Program”)

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