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Former BCTF President elected to lead BC Federation of Labour
Former BCTF President Irene Lanzinger made history today as the first woman elected to lead the 500,000-member BC Federation of Labour.

Remarks by BC Teachers' federation President Jim Iker
As President of the BC Teachers’ Federation—a union that has stood in solidarity for many years with our brothers and sisters across Latin America—I am very proud and deeply saddened to be here today.

Public funding, not corporate marketing
At the BCTF Representative Assembly on Nov. 7 and 8, 2014, representatives from the North Vancouver Teachers’ Association brought forward a motion to oppose Chevron’s Fuel Your School program. The program encourages community members to fill up at Chevron gas stations in participating school districts with $1 from every sale over 30 litres going towards various classroom projects. The motion was passed.

BC teachers win pregnancy leave case
Immediately after oral arguments were made, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with the BCTF in its efforts to defend pregnancy leave rights. The Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision from the bench, agreeing with the union that denying parental benefits to birth mothers, because they received pregnancy benefits, was discriminatory.

From BCeSIS to MyEducation BC—a look at critical issues
The ministry has adopted MyEducation BC as the new student information system for BC schools to replace BCeSIS. New technologies always raise issues--from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This Powerpoint frames some of these issues.

Teachers call on government to fully fund provincial obligations
In its written submission to the BC Legislative Assembly’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the BCTF put forward five key recommendations to ensure the government meets its provincial obligations under the new provincially negotiated collective agreement and improves overall funding to help teachers meet the needs of students. The BCTF’s full education funding brief can be accessed online.

Education Plan or ‘Re-engineering? Which way is BC’s K-12 system heading?
A new BCTF research report considers possible future directions for BC’s K-12 public schools with reference to a range of recent government reports, exploring the question ‘Why do we educate?’

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.

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