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November 29, 2017

  1. Jim Iker to run for Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors
  2. Job opportunity at the BCTF
  3. Summit on Workplace Violence
  4. Opportunities for Members
  5. Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards

Jim Iker to run for Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors

PBC noms

Former BCTF President Jim Iker is one of seven people running on a slate of progressive candidates for the Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors. Following the protracted lockout of Pacific Blue Cross employees that affected their well-being and damaged services to plan members like BC teachers, this group is committed to returning the non-profit extended health benefits provider to its progressive roots. The slate is committed to leadership that respects both plan members and employees.

BCTF members who are primary beneficiaries of Pacific Blue Cross are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Please bring your Pacific Blue Cross card. Shuttle buses will be running continuously from Waterfront SkyTrain Station and SeaBus Terminal to the AGM from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will also be free parking available at the PNE, with buses transporting voters to the meeting. Following the meeting, voters will be returned to their point of pickup. To arrange transportation, please contact Tina Meadows via email at tmeadows@cupe.ca

Job opportunity at the BCTF

The BC Teachers' Federation is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Director in the Federation's Field Service Division. This is a term position (4 years, 8 months) that will start on January 8, 2018. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Reporting to the Director of the Field Service Division and the Executive Director, the Assistant Director provides support to assigned locals in contract enforcement, bargaining, political action, communications, and the handling of a range of professional, health and safety, social justice, and Aboriginal education issues. More information about the role, qualifications, and the application process is online

Summit on Workplace Violence

The BCTF is seeking 10 members who are interested in participating in the BCTF Summit on Workplace Violence in Schools. The purpose of the summit is to examine current practice, work in other jurisdictions, and to examine BC data on the topic of workplace violence. The summit will serve to guide future directions and actions of the BCTF in this area of concern. Members interested in participating in this activity may apply by completing the application online. Applications are due by December 13, 2017. 

Opportunities for Members

There is a vacancy on the BC Teachers' Council for a BCTF appointee. The objective of the council is to establish standards for the education of applicants for certificates of qualification and establish standards for the conduct and competence of applicants for certificates of qualification and certificate holders.Applications are due by December 15, 2017.

There are two 3-year terms open on the BCTF'S Adult Education Advisory Committee that advises the Executive Committee on all matters related to adult education, reviews education policy and research, and provides advice on initiatives to improve the level of success for adult learners. The committee also advises the Executive Committee on the needs and concerns of adult education teachers, including bargaining and other organizational issues as they relate to adult education programs. Applications are due by January 5, 2018. 

Nominations open for prestigious BCTF awards

Nominations are now open for a series of awards presented at the BCTF's Annual General Meeting. 

The Bob Rosen Social Justice Award
is granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution in working for systemic change on issues of social justice. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

The Stewart Schon Award  is granted to a member or honorary associate member who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the health and safety of BCTF members. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

The G.A. Fergusson Award is granted annually to a BCTF member (or former member) who has made an outstanding contribution to public education. Nominations are also open for Honorary Life Memberships. Applications are due by February 10, 2018. 


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