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May 17, 2017

  1. Implementation of restored language continues to move forward
  2. Education advocacy continues amidst election uncertainty
  3. Teachers share their stories about restoration
  4. BC teachers take part in Canadian Labour Congress convention

Implementation of restored language continues to move forward

It's been over two months since we ratified the agreement to implement our restored language. Work is well under way to ensure better working and learning conditions are in place for September. BCTF locals are in regular meetings with school district management and the provincial parties continue to meet regularly to iron out any issues that come up from the local level.

If you have not yet had a chance to review your local's restored language, there are now fact sheets for every local posted on the MyBCTF portal. If you have any questions or concerns about what is happening in your school, please reach out to your local.

Education advocacy continues amidst election uncertainty

Despite not knowing what the final outcome of the provincial election will be for at least another week, the Federation continues to press the current government and potential government-in-waiting for the necessary resources to fully fund the operational and capital costs of our restored collective agreement. BCTF officials have also recently pressed Ministry of Education staff about the need for a robust teacher recruitment and retention strategy. That work will continue no matter which party forms government.

Teachers share their stories about restoration

teaasIn the latest issue of Teacher magazine, several teachers shared their stories about how the restored language from January has already changed their classrooms and schools. The issue also contains lots of information about March's Annual General Meeting and a moving account of the Daughters of the Vote event in Ottawa where every seat in Parliament was symbolically held by a young woman. 

BC teachers take part in Canadian Labour Congress convention

teachersThe BCTF, as a member of the Canadian Labour Congress, recently sent a delegation to the CLC's 28th Constitutional Convention. Delegates debated issues like Just Transition for a greener economy, better protections for equity-seeking members, the creation of more good jobs in Canada to put an end to precarious work, and the fight to implement a $15 minimum wage. Hassan Yussuff, who was very supportive of the BCTF during our 2014 strike, was acclaimed to another two-years as President.