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February 1, 2017

  1. Public consultation on the next provincial budget closes February 6—Have your say!
  2. Resources for Black History Month
  3. BCTF Employment Opportunity: Director—Human Resourcess
  4. Opportunities for members: BCTF committee vacancies

Public consultation on the next provincial budget closes February 6—Have your say!

Free MindsThe next provincial budget, the first after our landmark Supreme Court of Canada victory, will be announced on February 21, 2017. The government's public consultation process closes this Monday, February 6. We need teachers and our supporters to flood the government's consultation page over the next five days to ensure the government funds the full costs of implementing our restored working and learning conditions.

You can also email the Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong, at citizenengagement@gov.bc.ca and let him know how our restored language, smaller classes, more specialist teachers, and better class composition will help you teach and your students learn. With a $2.24 billion provincial surplus, BC can afford a significant and meaningful funding boost for public education.

After 15 years of fighting teachers in court, cuts, and underfunding, it's time to reinvest in BC's schools and our students.

Share your perspectives on Twitter with the hashtags #bced, #bcpoli, and #FundBCschools. Or go to the BC Teachers' Federation on Facebook and share images from this photo album.

Resources for Black History Month

BHMFebruary is Black History Month. This is an important time for teachers to focus on the contributions of Afro-Canadians and raise awareness of the historical injustices they have faced. Visit the BCTF Antiracism Action Group's Black History Month web page for information and resources.

You are also invited to participate in the Canadian Labour Congress' webinar series, “Working While Black.” Participants will build networks, skills, and knowledge to help develop spaces that are free of racism and discrimination.

BCTF Employment Opportunity: Director—Human Resourcess

The BC Teachers' Federation is looking for a new Director-Human Resources. You can download the posting or visit the Federation's Employment Opportunities page for more information.

Opportunities for members: BCTF committee vacancies

To learn more about the various committees or to apply, visit the Federation's committee vacancies page.

Finance Committee-There is one vacancy on the committee that advises the Executive Committee on its financial responsibilities such as monitoring performance of all BCTF investment funds, recommending the annual fee, and monitoring BCTF revenues and expenditures.
Deadline: February 14, 2017

AGM Ombudsperson-There is currently one vacancy for an Ombudsperson who identifies as male to serve as a resource to help in the resolution of any member-to-member complaints during the Annual General Meeting, and assist any members who may feel they have been harassed at the meeting.
Deadline: February 14, 2017

Teacher Magazine Advisory Board-There is one vacancy on the board that ensures the objectives of the magazine are met, conducts periodic surveys of the effectiveness of the magazine, and participates in the annual planning and review of the magazine.
Deadline: February 9, 2017

BCTF Assistance Society-There are currently several vacancies for Directors of the BCTF Assistance Society. The Society provides emergency financial aid to members who are, or have been, active members of the BCTF and to their spouses. Assistance is given in the form of loans or grants.
Deadline: February 8, 2017

Ministry of Education committee-The Federation is looking for BCTF representatives for the Ministry of Education's Adjudications for Provincial Assessments Review Committee. This posting will be of particular interest to educational psychologists, learning resource teachers, and others knowledgeable of psycho-educational assessments and their role in the adjudications process.
Deadline: February 7, 2017

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