March 7, 2018
- #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day
- Employment opportunities at the BCTF
- New parent brochure on SOGI 123 available
- Registration open for cross-border social justice conference in Surrey
- Join the Vancouver Whitecaps to show racism the red card!
#PressForProgress this International Women’s Day
March 8 is International Women's Day. This year's theme, #PressForProgress, asks all of us to collaborate to accelerate gender parity and use collective action to enhance equality worldwide. Earlier this week, three teachers, including BCTF First Vice-President Teri Mooring, were part of a delegation of 30 women union leaders to meet with government cabinet members and opposition MLAs in Victoria to propose concrete steps to enhance women's safety and greater protections from violence, assaults, and harassment at work, in the community, and at home. Read more about the BC Federation of Labour's women's lobby online.
The delegation pressed for:
- improved sexual assault services for women at BC health care facilities.
- updated employment laws to include intimate partner violence leave (formerly known as domestic violence leave) to safeguard the jobs and paycheques of women who are victimized by domestic violence.
- better protections for women to address sexual violence and harassment on the job.
- an end to exemptions to the minimum wage that see some workers like restaurant servers and farm workers paid less than the minimum.
Employment opportunities at the BCTF
Housed in the BCTF Legal Services Division, the position of Staff Lawyer is part of a team that provides legal advice and advocacy. In this capacity, the Staff Lawyer provides legal advice on the terms and conditions of employment for teachers. This is a continuing position and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2018.
Assistant Director, WCB Advocacy
The Assistant Director, WCB Advocacy in the Federation's Income Security Division co-ordinates and has conduct over member appeals of WCB decisions. This is a continuing position and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2018.
Assistant Director, Field Service Division
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. This is a term position (4 years, 4 months) and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., March 26, 2018.
New parent brochure on SOGI 123 available
SOGIeducation.org has launched a brochure that addresses parents' questions about the program and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) inclusive education in schools. The brochure is designed for teachers, administrators, parents and family members to print and distribute to parents, and other family members. The goal of the brochure is to debunk some of the common misinformation in the media and to support educators in their conversations with parents and families. The SOGI 123 Parent Brochure is available to download and print now.
Registration open for cross-border social justice conference in Surrey
Registration is now open for a Reclaiming Common Ground, a cross-border social justice conference for BC, Washington, and Oregon teachers. Hosted by the Surrey Teachers' Association on Saturday, April 7, 2018, the conference will invite teachers and activists to examine and re-imagine the public school as common ground for nurturing the progressive democratic ideals of equity, inclusion, and justice. The keynote speakers are award winning author Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and No Logo) and Seth Klein, the BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Learn more about the various workshops and how to register online.
Join the Vancouver Whitecaps to show racism the red card!
The BCTF is once again partnering with the Vancouver Whitecaps to promote the antiracism initiative, Show Racism the Red Card. Teachers, working with their students, can enter to win a Whitecaps FC team-signed jersey and a video message from a player, or a tour of their new training facility. With their classes, teachers can create antiracism themed artworks in any medium and submit them by May 15, 2018. Learn more about the initiative and how to apply online. Teachers can also access the BCTF's Show Racism the Red Card book and other antiracism lesson plans online.