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Government 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.

See 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.

“At 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.

Some newsworthy items on the agenda include: 

Saturday, March 15:  2:00 p.m.—President’s report by Jim Iker followed by the leadership report from the BCTF Executive Committee.  

Sunday, 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.

Monday, 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.

Media please 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

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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).