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“Teachers do not take job action lightly. We care deeply about our schools, our students, and our communities.”

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Fair deal
fair deal brochure

This brochure highlights the facts behind teachers’ goals at the bargaining table.

Teacher mag

May/June 2014 Teacher Newsmagazine now available.

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Let’s make mediation happen
10 things each one of us can do.

Parents and supporters, help us make it happen
10 things each one of you can do.

School district letters call for mediation
Some school boards have written letters of support - find out if yours is on the list. If you haven’t done so yet, please phone or write your Mayor and Council, MLA, and school trustees and urge them to support our renewed call for mediation.

Statement from BCTF President Jim Iker
For two weeks, BC teachers have been calling on government and the BC Public School Employers’ Association to enter mediation.

Summer Leadership Conference 2014
The conference will be held August 22 – 25 at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops. The theme for this year is Empowered: professionals, union members, citizens. Registration is now open.

Rallies and news
With support from the BC Federation of Labour and affiliated unions, teachers, parents, students and citizens are taking action and rallying to demand reinvestment in our public schools. They are taking to the streets, protesting at MLAs’ offices, turning up the heat on trustees, and using social media to make their concerns heard.

Solidarity pours in from around the world 
Teachers unions and workers’ organisations from across Canada and across the border are sending solidarity greetings in support of BC teachers as we struggle to achieve a fair deal that respects the work we do, and which provides more support for students.

Letter to parents and guardians
Why are BC teachers on strike? We have been trying to get a new collective agreement since February 2013, and going on strike, even for one day, is a last resort. We’ll continue to work patiently to get a deal with BCPSEA, the provincial government’s bargaining agent.

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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