Tentative agreement reached
BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Public School Employers’ Association have
reached a tentative agreement. If ratified by members, it would bring an
end to the strike/lockout. Details will be available soon.
Canadian Teachers’ Federation applauds BCTF call
Today the CTF issued news releases in English and in French to update its 200,000 members about our strike, and to express support for BC teachers and the call for binding arbitration as the quickest way to bring the dispute to an end and get students and teachers back in school.
News conference video - Sept. 10
BC teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration to end the strike.
Why must E80 be removed from the bargaining table?
Here is a clear and concise explanation of why BCPSEA proposal E80 must be removed.
BCTF Factum for Court of Appeal
Here is the BCTF’s Factum that will be presented before the BC Court of Appeal, October 14-16, 2014. The government has claimed public interest immunity over cabinet documents. Consequently, all references to cabinet documents have been redacted. The need for redactions is an ongoing issue that will be decided by the Court of Appeal.
Support for binding arbitration
School boards, individual trustees, local governments, and organizations are writing solidarity letters supporting the Federation’s call for binding arbitration.
BCTF framework for settlement through binding arbitration
This is the framework for settlement that BCTF President Jim Iker outlined clearly to mediator Vince Ready and BCPSEA negotiator Peter Cameron. En français
Public sector unions tell Premier Clark “we stand in solidarity with teachers'
“The Premier is attempting to use other settlements in the public sector to create a divide among workers in the province,” said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour. “This tactic is not only an insult to working people in BC, but it also shows how little the Premier understands and respects the collective bargaining process.”
Parent groups supporting teachers
Groups are listed below the rallies section on the page.
“Me-too” clauses not true facts, BC Fed’s Sinclair says
Poll shows parents support teachers 2-to-1 over government
Public opinion research commissioned by the BC Federation of Labour offers encouraging results. It shows the general public—and especially parents—overwhelmingly support teachers.
Rallies and news
With support from the BC Federation of Labour and affiliated unions, teachers, parents, students and citizens are taking action and rallying to demand reinvestment in our public schools. They are taking to the streets, protesting at MLAs’ offices, turning up the heat on trustees, and using social media to make their concerns heard.
School district letters call for mediation
Some school boards have written letters of support - find out if yours is on the list. If you haven’t done so yet, please phone or write your Mayor and Council, MLA, and school trustees and urge them to support our renewed call for mediation.
Countering the statements in the Ministry of Education Factsheet on education funding
Each ministry statement is quoted, followed by a BCTF evidence-based response: “What the ministry doesn’t say”
Challenging the ministry myth of unaffordability
A one-pager drawing on a recent CCPA article and the Province of British Columbia’s Public Accounts 2013/14 report to provide evidence that the economy is robust enough for the province to fund class composition and BCTF proposals for improvements in wages and working conditions.
Solidarity pours in from around the world
BC Supreme Court Ruling on Bills 28 and 22
Teachers unions and workers’ organisations from across Canada and across the border are sending solidarity greetings in support of BC teachers as we struggle to achieve a fair deal that respects the work we do, and which provides more support for students.
January 27, 2014: an historic day for public education and labour rights in BC. The BC Supreme Court reaffirmed that provincial legislation limiting teachers’ bargaining rights is unconstitutional, restored collective agreement provisions stripped in 2002, and ordered the province to pay $2 million in damages plus court costs.