About 700 teachers elected to represent their colleagues across the province will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver over spring break to help shape the BC Teachers’ Federation’s strategy for resistance to the injustices contained in Bill 22, which passed the BC Legislature March 15.
“BC teachers are determined to keep advocating for improvements for students in terms of class size and composition, and to keep up the fight to regain our bargaining rights that have been stripped away by this government,” said BCTF President Susan Lambert. “This weekend hundreds of dedicated teachers will be engaging in vigorous democratic debate and working together to chart our way forward. It’s part of our shared commitment to maintaining a world-class public education system, universally accessible for all children in BC.”
Please note: While some portions of the meeting will be open to the media, all of the debate relating to Bill 22 and collective bargaining will be conducted in closed sessions.
Saturday, March 17
7:30 p.m. Report from BCTF President Susan Lambert
BC Federation of Labour Jim Sinclair
Sunday, March 18
9:00 a.m. Speech by MLA Jagrup Brar and launch of Bob Rosen Social Justice Award
9:30 a.m. Closed Session
Monday, March 19
9:00 a.m. Finance report and presentation on environment, social responsibility, and governance
10:30 a.m. Closed Session
12:30 p.m. Street demonstration and media availability—Teachers will be leafleting on downtown corners. Susan Lambert will be with colleagues along Georgia Street in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
2:00 p.m. Pensions report, constitution and bylaws, College of Teachers, Canadian Labour Congress/BC Federation of Labour report, etc.
Tuesday, March 20
9:00 a.m. Elections for all positions on BCTF Executive Committee
2:00 p.m. Keynote speech by Sandra Mathison, University of BC Professor of Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
To see a detailed agenda for the AGM, please go to: http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/NewsAndEvents/AGM/Agenda2012.pdf