May 16, 2018
- Your pension statement is in the mail
- May/June issue of Teacher magazine is out!
- Opportunities for Members: Provincial Bargaining Team
- Opportunities for Members
- BCTF policy statement on inclusive education for students with special needs
Your pension statement is in the mail
The BC Teachers' Pension Plan has mailed out individual Member's Benefit Statements with its 2017 Report to Members. That report, which is sent out every spring, provides a summary of the plan's financial performance, investment performance, updates and descriptions of plan initiatives, rule changes, and other topics important to members. Make sure to keep an eye out for it in your mailbox. This is also a good reminder to make sure the Teachers' Pension Plan and the BCTF have your correct contact information. Sign in to the pensions website here. If you have moved recently, please also fill out the online BCTF change of address form.
May/June issue of Teacher magazine is out!
Are recruitment, retention, and remedy big issues in your district? In his article, Taking Stock One Year Later, BCTF President Glen Hansman analyzes the holdup and describes the steps the union is taking to get proper remedy for teachers with overcrowded classes. This edition also features perspectives from new teachers on their first year of teaching, a consciousness-raising story about being an LGBTQ ally at CampOUT!, and a feature about the Vernon Teachers' Association. Teacher was mailed to schools yesterday and each member should receive their own copy. Please contact the staff representative at your school if you don't receive yours. You can also contact Susan Croll, Teacher editor at if you want further information about the magazine.
Opportunities for Members: Provincial Bargaining Team
The BCTF is currently accepting applications for the Federation's Provincial Bargaining Team, which will be appointed by the Executive Committee. The team will work under the direction of the Executive Committee and will be responsible for negotiating the provincial aspects of the next collective agreement. Applicants should have a wide range of negotiation and contract administration skills and experience, be very familiar with the current issues faced by teachers in the workplace, as well as the process of negotiations and contract enforcement. Learn more and apply online.
Opportunities for Members
French workshops facilitators
The BCTF is looking for three teachers who are interested in becoming facilitators for French workshops in French Programs and Services. Learn more and apply online.
Work Experience (WEX) and Youth Work in Trades (WRK) Program Guide Update Team
The BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) is seeking six members to be a part of a Ministry of Education team updating both the Work Experience (WEX) and Youth Work in Trades (WRK) program guides. The purpose of this update is to revise the WEX and WRK program guides to align with the new curriculum and to facilitate work and apprenticeship placement requirements. Learn more and apply online
BCTF policy statement on inclusive education for students with special needs
At the BCTF's 2018 Annual General Meeting, the Federation re-affirmed its commitment to the inclusion of all students in British Columbia's public schools. The policy specifically states that “every student can learn, and every student is entitled to an appropriate education and full range of education services in their community.” It also acknowledges that some students require differentiated programs, that funding and training must be in place to support all children with special needs, and appropriate facilities and personnel must be provided by school districts. The policy also states, “a school's administrative officer must establish and clearly communicate to all school personnel emergency response procedures that specifically address the safety of students with special needs.” Learn more online.