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September 6, 2017

  1. New school year starts with key changes from the provincial government
  2. New and young teachers: Know your rights!
  3. Opportunities for members

New school year starts with key changes from the provincial government

Welcome back to school! The 2017-18 school year will be the beginning of a positive new chapter in the history of public education in BC. Thanks to our Supreme Court of Canada win and the implementation of our restored collective agreement language, there are more than 3,000 new teaching positions in place and many teachers in full-time contracts for the first time. This week also marks the reopening of Springwood Elementary in Prince George. Thanks to our collective fight, students and teachers are back in the hallways of Springwood for the first time in seven years. Hopefully, this is the first of many more school re-openings! 

This Friday, there will also be a new Speech from the Throne followed by a revised provincial budget on Monday, September 11. Public education is expected to get significant attention as the new government has committed to increased funding to ensure our restored language is successfully implemented. Follow the BCTF on Facebook and Twitter to get the updates as these two big events unfold. 

New and young teachers: Know your rights!

WorkSafeBC2With so many new teachers entering classrooms this year, our school communities will have many colleagues in new workplaces, including many 25 years old and younger. In BC, folks 25 and under are considered “young workers.” If you are new to a workplace or a young worker, the employer must provide orientation and training in specific health and safety topics for your workplace. Do you know the emergency procedures for your worksite? The specific hazards that exist? How to access first aid? These are all questions that should be answered before starting work. WorkSafeBC's brochure in English and French can assist new workers in starting a job safely.  

Opportunities for members

ERAC Learning Resource Evaluators
The BCTF is seeking 44 active members to become Learning Resource Evaluators to evaluate classroom resources for ERAC. Evaluations are shared with all educators and administrative staff through ERAC's Online Collection. ERAC is an association of BC public school districts and independent schools and the Territory of the Yukon working together on the evaluation, selection, access, and deployment of digital and print learning resources. Learn more and apply online. The application deadline is September 29, 2017.

BCTF's Environmental Justice Action Group
The BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice (CASJ) has an opening on its Environmental Justice Action Group. Responsibilities of CASJ members include making recommendations to the BCTF Executive Committee on social justice issues, creating resources for teachers and locals, assisting locals and zones in developing general social justice programs and projects, and developing links with other unions and community groups. More information and application forms are available on the BCTF Committee/Facilitator Postings page. The application deadline is September 12, 2017.

G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award Trustees 
This committee has three 3-year term vacancies and meets prior to the Annual General Meeting to examine nominations for the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award to select the recipient. Details regarding the award are found under Section 15 on page 93 of the Members' Guide to the BCTF. The application deadline is October 12, 2017.


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