underfunding, collective bargaining, Aboriginal education, solidarity with
teachers in Latin America, and many more issues will be on the agenda at the
BCTF’s 98th Annual General Meeting taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
downtown Vancouver from Saturday, March 15 through to Tuesday, March 18.
the agenda here.
“With a major BC Supreme Court victory,
revelations about government’s political scheming at the bargaining table, and
an overwhelming strike vote, the 2013–14 school year has been a significant one
for BC’s teachers,” said BCTF President Jim Iker.
this Annual General Meeting, more than 675 teachers will come together to set
the course for the year ahead. BC’s teachers care deeply about their students,
schools, and communities. That caring and commitment to our profession will be
on full display, as always, during this AGM,” Iker added.
newsworthy items on the agenda include:
March 15: 2:00 p.m.—President’s report by Jim Iker
followed by the leadership report from the BCTF Executive Committee.
March 16: 2:00 p.m.— Address by Maria de
la Luz Arriaga Lemus from the Mexican section of the Tri-National Coalition in
Defense of Public Education. For the past 20 years Mexicans, Americans, and
Canadians have worked together through the coalition to confront educational
challenges that transcend language and national barriers.
March 17: 2:00 p.m.—Address by Luis Alberto Grubert Ibarra,
President of the Colombian Federation of Educators (FECODE). Teachers in
Colombia, the most dangerous place in the world to be a teacher unionist,
demonstrate inspiring courage in their struggle to assert basic rights and
provide quality education to their students.
note: Much of the meeting will be open to members of
the media and public, but some discussions will be conducted in closed
sessions. The hashtag for the event is #BCTF2014.