Bargaining and Collective Agreements
Preparing for bargaining our next collective agreement is
currently underway. Locals have asked for input from members regarding
local priorities for bargaining at both the local and provincial tables.
The BCTF Bargaining Conference is scheduled for October 26-27, 2018, where
local delegates will vote on the bargaining objectives that the BCTF will take
forward when negotiations begin, in either late 2018 or early in 2019.
Members will be informed as to the progress of bargaining in numerous ways,
through their local association via member communications, through information
posted on the BCTF Member Portal, and through BCTF Bargaining Bulletins.
Collective agreements for BCTF members are accessible in the
Instructions for members logging into the portal: Your BCTF member ID number is your login username. If you need help registering for the first time or logging in, please refer to our
portal help guide If you need further help, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-871-2119 or toll-free 1-800-663-9163 (local 2119).
Teachers’ voices tell the story
During the strike, our members wrote songs, posted photos and videos of teachers picketing and at rallies, wrote blogs, letters, and opinion pieces, and engaged in social media. We have captured their creativity and activism on our
teachers’ voices on the line page.
BC Court of Appeal decision: Bills 22 and 28
The BC Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the provincial government on April 30, 2015. The BCTF will seek leave to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court of Canada. More...
BC Supreme Court Ruling on Bills 28 and 22
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.
Christy Clark’s decision to appeal Justice Griffin’s latest ruling suggests she and her government think they are above the law. BCTF President Jim Iker responded to the news of the government appeal.
BCTF Factum for Court of Appeal
BCTF’s Factum was presented before the BC Court of Appeal on October 14-16, 2014. The government has claimed public interest immunity over cabinet documents. Consequently, all references to cabinet documents have been redacted. The need for redactions is an ongoing issue that will be decided by the Court of Appeal.
Solidarity greetings from around the world
Canadian and international teacher unions and workers’ organizations are sending solidarity greetings in support of BC teachers.
Declaration of Teaching and Learning Conditions
The Declaration of Teaching and Learning Conditions (Jul 2014) sets out the rights and responsibilities of BCTF locals and members, the rights and responsibilities of students, and the teaching and learning provisions that will ensure an education system of the highest quality and responsibility.