In June 2006, the Federation concluded a negotiated collective agreement, achieving significant improvements in salary.
The 2006 Annual General Meeting adopted bargaining motions and objectives.
Then BC Liberal Finance Minister, Carole Taylor, offered a one-time signing bonus of $3,700 per teacher if an agreement could be concluded by June 30, 2006. Minimum term for the agreement was four years.
On June 7 and 8, 2006, teachers overwhelming voted yes in a province-wide strike vote to back their demand for a fair and competitive salary increase.
A special meeting of local presidents on June 22 unanimously rejected the employer's June 20 proposal, giving the bargaining team a tremendous vote of confidence. Local after local also unanimously rejected the proposal. Teachers, parents, and the public faxed the premier, insisting that teachers be treated fairly and respectfully.
An agreement-in-committee was concluded with BCPSEA at 9:30 p.m.on June 30, 2006, and details are highlighted in the settlement summary. Members ratified the five-year agreement on September 8, 2006. The settlement included a 16% salary increase over five years, and a $4,000 signing bonus for each individual teacher.
The contents of the agreement did not constitute a final version at the time due to a number of disputes between the BCTF and BCPSEA. The disputes went before arbitrators Irene Holden and Vince Ready, and their rulings were included in the final common provincial articles.