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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 7, May/June 2005

President’s message

Thank you for your work in the provincial election. Three years ago we set out to ensure that public education was on the agenda when people went to the polls on May 17, 2005. Thanks to your efforts, we succeeded.

Support for public education is substantial, and now that the election is over, the work begins to build government support to repair some of the damage done over the last four years.

Public education was front and center during the election. The BC Liberals were repeatedly forced to deny their record on education over the last four years. Even they must have realized what a mistake it was to undermine our schools the way they did between 2001 and 2005.

One of the ways we improve learning conditions in our schools is through bargaining. The term of our collective agreement ended last June, and we have been negotiating with the employer since November. We have not made much progress so far and will be exploring avenues to move the negotiations forward.

There will be discussion in locals over the next few weeks leading up to the BCTF Representative Assembly on June 3 and 4, 2005. The RA will be making decisions about what actions are necessary to achieve a collective agreement that meets the needs of teachers and students.

Please ensure that your voice is heard.

Thank you for the marvellous job you do for the students of British Columbia despite the lack of resources and support.

Jinny Sims


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