November 15, 2017
- Celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Supreme Court victory
- Government committee makes recommendations to improve education funding
- Two BCTF members win Governor General’s History Award
- Add your voice to the call to immediately raise BC’s minimum wage to $15 per hour
- Support advocacy efforts to bring affordable childcare to BC
Celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Supreme Court victory
November 10, 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of our historic win at the Supreme Court of Canada and the restoration of our collective agreement language. In a news release to the provincial media, BCTF President Glen Hansman said, “It's been a busy, challenging, and exciting year. Teachers' restored collective agreement language means smaller class sizes, more specialists like counsellors working with students, full-time teacher-librarians back in libraries, and even the re-opening of some closed schools.” Since the win and the agreement on implementation, BC schools have over 3,000 new teachers and there are still more to come. In the media, Hansman also highlighted the ongoing challenges our schools are facing and what the government and school districts need to do to overcome them.
Government committee makes recommendations to improve education funding
Every year, a committee of MLAs from all parties in BC's Legislative Assembly travels the province collecting recommendations for the provincial government. This year, the committee has made several sweeping recommendations to improve education funding, both on the operating side and the capital side. The recommendations include several specific point raised in the BCTF's submission. The committee called for more funding to speed up seismic upgrades of schools, develop resources to support LGBTQ-inclusive education, provide better support for Aboriginal education initiatives, hire additional specialists, and many other significant changes. Read all the education recommendations on page 35 of the report. We look forward to seeing how these recommendations are incorporated into the government's first full budget in February.
Two BCTF members win Governor General’s History Award
Congratulations to Glen Thielmann from Prince George and Janet Ruest from Chemainus, recipients of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, will present our colleagues with this award in Rideau Hall on November 22, as part of the official Governor General's History Awards ceremony. Read more about the work Janet and Glen did that earned them their prestigious honour online.
Add your voice to the call to immediately raise BC’s minimum wage to $15 per hour
As part of its promise to raise the minimum wage, the new BC government has created a Fair Wages Commission to set a timeline to get to a $15-per-hour minimum wage. The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is organizing a campaign to move the timeline up. Workers can't wait until 2021. The longer BC waits, the more low-wage workers fall behind. The BCFED is asking the government to reach $15 per hour by 2019. Help this campaign by sending a message of support or go www.fightfor15bc.ca/fairwages to learn more.
Support advocacy efforts to bring affordable childcare to BC
A growing body of research confirms that the quality of care that children receive during their early years affects them throughout their lives. High-quality childcare positively influences children's health and learning, while poor-quality care can do harm. Many families struggle to pay for childcare. Visit the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of BC to see what you can do to support adequate and stable funding.