It’s hard to believe anyone could ever get into trouble for not breaking the law.
But that’s what happened to teacher Margaret Christopherson who crossed a picket line last year during an illegal strike in British Columbia.
According to her husband, Christopherson simply went to work because she didn’t want to break the law and set a bad example for her students.
Yet her union doesn’t care.
The Nicola Valley local of the B.C. Teacher’s Federation says Christopherson broke their rules and they placed her and three other teachers in “bad standing.”
As well, the union is demanding Christopherson pay the union the money she earned during the two-week strike.
Isn’t that dandy?
The union breaks the law and holds an illegal strike and they want a law abiding teacher to pay a penalty.
Christopherson has filed a complaint with the B.C. Labour Relations Board.
Let’s hope the Board uses some common sense and sides with the teacher in this case.
Union rules should not trump the rule of law.