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The BC Teachers' Federation is holding its 99th Annual General Meeting this year with close to 700 delegates expected to be in Victoria, at the Conference Centre, from March 14-17, 2015. The latest provincial budget that forces districts to make millions more in cuts, the future of adult education, technology and privacy, and many more issues will be on the agenda.  

"Teachers' unprecedented job action in 2014 was about taking a stand for public education and fighting back against government attempts to erase our court victories and force concessions," said BCTF President Jim Iker. "We are proud of the gains we were able to achieve - like 400 new teaching positions to offset cuts-but know there is still a lot of work to move the government from its underfunding agenda.  

 "With a string of recent broken promises from the BC government, including cuts to adult education, forced reductions to school district budgets, and major delays to much-needed seismic upgrades, BC teachers are coming in to this AGM ready advocate strongly for their students, schools, and profession."

Some highlights from the agenda include:  

Saturday, March 14,  7:00 p.m.-Following the opening preliminaries, delegates will hear Jim Iker's President's report followed by the leadership report from the BCTF Executive Committee.  Jim Iker's address will also be available on Livestream.   

Sunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.-Official Opposition Leader John Horgan will deliver greetings on behalf of his Caucus. Invitations were sent to the Government and Opposition Caucus Chairs.   

Monday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.-Keynote address by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. This keynote will be available on Livestream.                          

Monday, March 16, 12:30 p.m.-Delegates will disperse across the streets of downtown Victoria to promote the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

Much of the meeting will be open to members of the media and public, but some discussions may be conducted in closed sessions. The hashtag for the event is #BCTF2015. 

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For more information, contact Richard Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, rovergaard@bctf.ca or 604-340-1959. 

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