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March 8, 2017

  1. Vote on the tentative deal that will restore our working and learning conditions
  2. Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage this International Women’s Day
  3. Facebook Live event on education underfunding tomorrow
  4. Historic Langley teacher-activist honoured by the BC Labour Heritage Centre

Vote on the tentative deal that will restore our working and learning conditions

As announced on Saturday, March 4, a tentative agreement on the implementation of our restored collective agreement language was reached and must be ratified by the BCTF membership. This is the final step in our 15-year-long fight to get back what was unconstitutionally taken away by then Minister of Education Christy Clark. The tentative agreement and background information is available on the MyBCTF.ca portal. Contact your local teachers' association office for questions on voting locations or processes.  

You can also listen to Glen Hansman's recent interview on the CBC's BC Almanac show to learn more about the agreement and what it will mean, if ratified, for the coming school year. Have a listen to the calls from parents and supportive members of the public.

Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage this International Women’s Day

IWD OttawaThe BCTF, in partnership with the Canadian Teachers' Federation and Equal Voice, is proudly participating in the Daughters of the Vote event today and throughout the week in Ottawa. The event will help to make and witness history, especially when 338 young women, one from every federal riding, march to Parliament Hill and take their seats in the House of Commons. This initiative is designed to underscore the still incomplete, and often challenging, journey of women's full political participation at all levels of government in Canada, and to cultivate the women leaders of tomorrow. The BCTF sent teacher facilitators to Ottawa to lend their skills to this unique leadership opportunity for young women in Canada. IWD banner

Facebook Live event on education underfunding tomorrow

Tune in at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, for a presentation on underfunding in BC's public education system. While the tentative agreement BCTF members vote on this week may restore the provisions illegally stripped from collective agreements in 2002, significant underfunding issues remain. BCTF Senior Research Analyst Dr. Sherri Brown will discuss continuing shortfalls in education funding following the 2017 provincial budget. Teachers, parents, and other members of the public are welcome to take part in this session, which will include time for questions. You can access this Facebook Live event here at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9.

Historic Langley teacher-activist honoured by the BC Labour Heritage Centre

Labour Heritage - LangleyThe Langley Teachers' Association and the BC Labour Heritage Centre unveiled a new plaque earlier this week to commemorate Connie Jervis, who as a 24-year-old president of the Langley Teachers' Association, led a successful fight in 1939 for an improved system of wages and compulsory arbitration. Jervis and other teachers from Langley faced firings as a result of their fight, but were ultimately successful in pushing back against an unfair employer. 


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