Members of the Local Bargaining Team have started the process of proof-reading the draft collective agreement. Once the draft has been approved by the local team and the BCTF staff, members will be sent an electronic copy of the collective agreement. Any member who wishes a paper copy of the collective agreement may request one once the process has been completed. A very large thank you to our Bargaining Team who spent many hours preparing for negotiations, negotiating and now perusing the draft agreement.
More COVID questions? Watch September 17th livestream
From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 BCTF President Teri Mooring and Second Vice-President Carole Gordon will once again host a Livestream to answer members’ questions about COVID-19, health and safety, and the Federation’s ongoing response to the government’s flawed restart plan. To sign-in check out the link in the e-mail sent to all BCTF members. If you would like to submit a question, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teri Mooring has also sent another letter to the Minister of Education calling on the provincial government to direct school districts to close health and safety gaps before COVID-19 transmission occurs in schools and people are put at further risk. There is too much inequity in working conditions and the application of health and safety standards across the province. With COVID-19 cases already turning up in schools, we need the government to take action immediately. Please share the letter on Facebook or Twitter and help us get the word out.
The BCTF website posted an update on the current Covid-19 situation for BC students. At this time, the BCTF is not anticipating a major reopening for this spring. Some districts have had children of Essential Services Workers attending. It has been safe. There will be a slow, voluntary expansion of services for students. However, the planning and details for the expansion of services is still in the development stages. In the meantime, please be patient. The safety of students and staff is a top priority.
BCTF members ratified a new three-year deal approving general rate increases of two per cent each year.
The deal was announced on May 1 after 98 per cent of members voted in favour.
The agreement covers more than 45,000 teachers represented by the B.C. Teachers Federation. The contract is retroactive back until July 1, 2019, and will go until June 30, 2022.
Teachers are encouraged to visit the BCTF website for more information.
After ensuring that our members and their families are safe, our next priority will be providing a continuing of educational opportunities for all students.
The Ministry of Education and stakeholders like the BCTF has put together a framework document called Supporting the K-12 Education Response to Covid-19 in BC. Another document specifically for teachers is called Continuity of Learning: Planning Guide for Teachers. These documents have been forwarded to all Staff Reps in our Local.
Both of these documents recognize that the rest of the school year will look differently, but that teachers will do their best to meet the needs of their students. This will involve utilizing a variety of platforms and methods. In some cases, that may be offering learning opportunities online; for others it may be using more traditional resources.
We want to thank everyone for their patience as we prepare to provide a continuity of learning for our students. We know it has been a difficult time for everyone involved. By working together, we will find the way forward to best support the students and families of our district.