BCTF statement on the labour movement
That the following constitute a BCTF Statement on the Labour Movement:
The BCTF is a “union of professionals.” We are a union because we collectively represent our members in bargaining and enforcing a collective agreement that determines the terms and conditions of our employment. As professionals we have broad latitude to exercise our expertise and autonomy in our working lives. As working people who work for a salary set through bargaining, we share a common experience with other trade unionists in both the public and the private sector. We not only share common experiences, we have common values and often common goals about the type of society we collectively hope to achieve. It is only right that we should be part of the organized labour movement in this province and this country. That means affiliation with the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress. Through these affiliations, we are also able to join and participate in local labour councils.
The labour movement has always had a credo which the BCTF strongly endorses, what we desire for ourselves, we desire for all. The Federation’s affiliation with the BC Federation of Labour/CLC is based in the belief that the labour movement must take a leadership role in building a just, equitable, and sustainable world. It is the collective strength of working people, working together through the labour movement under the leadership of the BCFed and the CLC, that will move us closer towards realizing economic improvement and social progress in this country. Through participation in the BC Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress, the BCTF is guided by the following:
- working towards economic improvement and social progress for all citizens of BC and Canada.
- working to ensure that the labour movement always represents the collective best interests of all working people through its policies and public advocacy.
- seeking ways and means for the labour movement to enhance its collective strength by acting collectively and in solidarity with the interests of all of its members.
- advocating for structures and processes in the labour movement that will enhance broad participation of trade unionists.
- developing strategies within the BCTF that enhance greater awareness and participation of BCTF locals and members in the work of the labour movement.
- seeking the support of working people to strengthen the public education system.