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ABOUT THE BCTF

What We Believe

The BCTF is dedicated to a free, inclusive, quality public education system. We believe that empowered teachers are central to a just and democratic society.

We advocate for workplaces that respect our knowledge and wisdom, and protect and nurture us as autonomous professionals with a joy of teaching and a deep understanding of learning. 

As a union, we commit to support and engage members in advocating for a public education system where the learning needs of all students can be met.

 

 
GOVERNANCE

How the BCTF Works

The Federation’s elected leaders work within governance structures and decision-making processes that are driven by the members, who are represented by more than 70 local teacher associations rooted in communities across the province.

  • Members

    Members of the BCTF ultimately determine the decisions and directions of the BCTF in two very important ways:

    1. Members through locals elect delegates to the BCTF Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting makes key decisions for the organization and elects the Executive Committee.
    2. Members through locals elect Local Representatives which make up the Representative Assembly. The Representative Assembly has key decision making responsibilities.
  • Locals

    Locals have the responsibility for acting on behalf of members regarding local matters. Members in locals elect their local president and executive which guide the affairs of the local.

  • Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting is comprised of delegates and Local Representatives elected by members through locals, and the 12 members of the Executive Committee. There are approximately 670 voting delegates at an Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting elects the Executive Committee, determines the fee, approves any changes to the by-laws, establishes priorities for the next year, and makes the significant policy decisions of the Federation.

  • Constitution and by-laws

    The constitution and by-laws establish the rules by which the organization is run. The by-laws establish the division of responsibilities among the major decision-making bodies and spell out what each level of decision making is authorized to do. The by-laws of the BCTF have to be followed by all bodies of the organization, including the Annual General Meeting. Only the Annual General Meeting can amend the by-laws, and only then with a 75% majority of delegates voting in favour. The by-laws are found in Part 2 of this guide and spell out in more detail the role of each of the decision-making bodies.

  • Representative Assembly

    The Representative Assembly meets three times a year and has the specific responsibilities of approving a budget and electing the Judicial Council and Committee of Ombudspersons. The Representative Assembly also makes policy and procedure decisions for the Federation.

  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee of the BCTF is elected by the Annual General Meeting and consists of 12 members. 3 of them, the President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice-President, serve in a full-time capacity. There are 9 Members-at-Large with one position designated for a member who identifies as Aboriginal and one designated for a member who identifies as Racialized. The immediate Past-President serves in a one-year term on the Executive Committee and, in those years, increases the Executive Committee to 13 members.

    The Executive Committee has overall responsibility for the running of the Federation. It meets monthly with additional meetings as necessary. The Executive Committee is the employer of BCTF staff and determines what work will be done in any given year. The Executive Committee also has responsibility for the creation and appointment of any advisory committees or task forces.

  • President

    The President of the Federation has responsibility for overall supervision of the affairs of the organization in between meetings of the Executive Committee.


President
Teri Mooring
Teri Mooring
Quesnel
1st Vice-President
clint
Clint Johnston
Chilliwack
2nd Vice-President
carole
Carole Gordon
Central Okanagan

Members-at-Large
violette
Violette Baillargeon
Surrey
benula
Benula Bunjun
Sooke
rae
Rae Figursky
Burnaby
Mariah Franzmann
Mariah Franzmann
Prince George
peggy
Peggy Janicki
Mission
 
jody
Jody Polukoshko
Vancouver Elementary

robin (2)
Robin Tosczak
Greater Victoria

katherine (1)
Katherine Trepanier
Prince George
matt (1)
Matt Westphal
Surrey

  • Executive Director

    The Executive Director by virtue of the by-laws has overall responsibility for the conduct and organization of staff and for the overall assignment of work. The Executive Director is responsible directly to the Executive Committee and on a day-to-day basis consults with the President.

  • Excluded Staff

    There are five excluded staff who undertake management oversight and human resources functions.

  • Legal Services Division

    The lawyers and paralegals in the Legal Services Division work to protect and enhance the legal rights of the union and its members. Advocacy and support is provided through legal advice and training to locals, representation of the union during the grievance arbitration process, and representation of members through the Federation’s legal aid program. They also represent the Federation and its locals in Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal and court matters.

  • Communications and Campaigns Division

    The Communications and Campaigns division coordinates the BCTF’s outspoken advocacy on news and issues in education. They practice positivity in media relations, with respect for the work journalists do. They employ leading edge digital tools and strategies to communicate with our members and locals. They engage in active community and labour outreach, creating strong connections with parents, the public, and the union movement. They publish Teacher magazine five times a year, as well as a broad range of classroom resources. They coordinate public opinion research, advertising campaigns, and political action. They are also responsible for the BCTF’s governance structures, organizing the Annual General Meeting and Representative Assemblies.

  • Income Security Division

    The Income Security Division has responsibility for the Salary Indemnity Plan, Health and Wellness Program (rehabilitation) and the Living with Balance (preventative) program. Co-ordinates the pensions program, provides information for members and fulfills the Federation’s obligations related to the Teacher Pension Plan. Co-ordinates the BCTF Health and Safety program for members and handles Workers’ Compensation appeals for members.

  • Information, Research and International Solidarity

    The Information, Research and International Solidarity (IRIS) Division of the BCTF carries out and provides access to research that support the leadership priorities and key objectives of the BCTF in bargaining, education policy, professional practice, and social justice. Their work is guided by the vision of supporting and strengthening teacher unions as agents of change and defenders of universal, democratic and quality public education. They advocate for the development of educational policy, school programs and classroom practice based on teacher knowledges and experiences. International solidarity, particularly in the Americas, focuses on long-term relationships that are mutually respectful and co-operative in determining the nature of projects.

  • Professional and Social Issues Division

    The professional and Social Issues Division has responsibility for a wide range of professional matters such as curriculum, education policy, professional development, teacher education, teacher inquiry, mentorship and peer support. Co-ordinates the Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs), the Social Justice Program, Aboriginal Education Program, French Programs and Services, programs for teachers teaching on call, for teachers new to teaching and for adult educators, organizes leadership training—Summer Conference, Federation Leadership Institute, and Facilitators’ Institute Training. The Training Department which is a component of PSID, offers an extensive teacher workshop program. Administers the Code of Ethics and co-ordinates the work of the Internal Mediation Service.

  • Field Services Division

    The Field Services Division supports locals in bargaining, contract implementation and defence of member rights, assists locals with Federation campaigns and province-wide actions, advances the broad range of Federation services and programs in professional, health and safety, social justice, communications and outreach, etc., with local members and leadership.

  • Finance and Administrative Services

    The Finance and Administrative Services provides relevant, reliable, and timely financial and administrative support to stakeholders. They maximize treasury management strategies, safeguard the assets of the BCTF, and ensure a strong internal control environment with procedures set out in the Members’ Guide to the BCTF. They maintain the BCTF’s accounting systems and provide accounting services to the Provincial Specialist Associations, Salary Indemnity Plan, and the BCTF Assistance Society. They also provide support to the programs, locals, and staff of the federation through our strong membership system and information technology departments.

 
2021-2022

Leadership Priorities

The following priorities were adopted by the 105th Annual General Meeting

That the Federation, working courageously and in solidarity:

  1. safeguard and improve the health, safety, rights, and security of all members.
  2. continue to address barriers in our structures through decolonization and antiracism work.
  3. organize and engage members toward activism and advocacy.
  4. promote a sustainable future for public education. 
 
PUBLICATIONS

Teacher Magazine

Teacher Magazine is the BC Teachers' Federations main publication, reaching all public school teachers in BC, student teachers at universities, retired teachers, subscribers, teacher unions and other unions, parent advisory councils, university personnel, MLAs, and school trustees.