August 31, 2014 BCTF President calls upon Premier to meet and resolve dispute
BCTF President Jim Iker is calling upon Premier Christy Clark to meet with him to help reach a fair settlement to the current
strike/lockout before September 2.
Labour Day events
Please join us and our friends in the labour movement to celebrate Labour Day in your community. Everyone is welcome.
August 30, 2014 statement from BCTF President Jim Iker
After two days of work with Vince
Ready, it has become clear that the government is not prepared to find a fair
settlement that will get BC’s students and teachers back in classrooms.
New poll shows parents support teachers 2-to-1 over government
New 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.