Last Thursday, November 29, BCTF wrote to the Labour Relations Board asking that they begin hearing arguments on Phase II. Consistent with previous agreements between the parties and the LRB, the first issue dealt with will be the possible withdrawal of extra-curricular activities. Our letter made clear that there is no immediate plan to move to Phase II.
On Friday, November 30, the Advisory Committee of Local Presidents met in Richmond. They were asked for their input on moving to Phase II and on teachers' response to government intervention in the bargaining process (as has been threatened).
The 71 local presidents were overwhelming in their advice that if we are forced to move to Phase II, it be a staged process, beginning with a withdrawal of all extra-curricular activities. The Executive Committee met subsequently and is recommending this to members. You are encouraged to participate in meetings and processes developed by locals to provide further advice on this issue.
The local presidents also advised that if a contract is imposed there be a clear, united, and dramatic response from the BCTF. Details of such a possible response will be reported to you by your local president.
The goal of the BCTF remains a negotiated settlement that meets the needs of teachers and students. Our energy, time, and resources continue to be directed towards this goal.
Stephen Kelleher to facilitate talks Stephen Kelleher, the facilitator that the BCTF and BCPSEA agreed on to assist the parties, met with BCPSEA yesterday and with us today. We are hopeful that the facilitator will help us to achieve some movement at the table.