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June 13, 2018

  1. Important update on provincial grievances and arbitrations
  2. New video to help TTOCs navigate EI claims
  3. Powerful learning opportunity about the legacy of Japanese Internment in BC
  4. BC Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy

Important update on provincial grievances and arbitrations

The BCTF and our locals have been working hard this spring through grievance and arbitration processes to clarify issues related to specialist teachers, failure to fill vacant positions, and outstanding remedy. Last week we reached a favorable settlement agreement with BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) on the issue of speech language pathologists and school psychologists being included in the definition of a special education resource teacher, for the purpose of calculating the non-enrolling ratios. This decision will have a positive effect on the number of specialist teachers in several school districts around the province. 

This week, the BCTF and BCPSEA are concluding an arbitration, using Chilliwack as an example district, on the failure to fill issue that has been a problem in many school districts around BC this school year. The impact on students with special needs has been of particular concern, as well as the effect on our members. Please see this excellent article and editorial published in the Times Colonist this week and listen to this interview by CBC Radio's Steven Quinn with BCTF President Glen Hansman. Global TV also did a great clip on these issues here.

The matter of remedy owed to teachers has also gone to arbitration, with an attempt at mediation this week. More updates will be provided on this as the process unfolds. 

New video to help TTOCs navigate EI claims

EI VideoThe BCTF has produced a new video, based on an existing workshop, to help teachers teaching on call navigating the Employment Insurance claims process. You can learn more and get other helpful information for TTOCs at




Powerful learning opportunity about the legacy of Japanese Internment in BC

The BCTF is proud to be financially supporting The Suitcase Project, which asks yonsei  and gosei (fourth and fifth generation Japanese Canadians and Americans) what they would pack if uprooted from their homes at a moment's notice, like their ancestors had in 1940s British Columbia during the internment. The project's work is now a powerful exhibit at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby, helping visitors understand how those descended from families who experienced discrimination remain affected by this history. 

The official opening of the exhibit at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby is this weekend. More information about the opening and the exhibit itself is available here. Some good advance media on the exhibit has been published in several places, including these stories in Ricepaper and in the Vancouver Courier.

The BCTF strongly supports the addition of historical wrongs being added to BC's social studies curriculum in the intermediate grades, and this exhibit helps support students', teachers', and the public's learning about an unfortunate part of BC history and its intergenerational impact.

BC Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy

Meet face-to-face with your MLA, go behind “closed doors” in BC's Legislative Assembly, meet the Speaker, and learn all about the inner workings and political process of our provincial government. The annual fall BC Teachers' Institute takes place in Victoria on October 16-20, 2018. Applications are now open for BC teachers to apply. The deadline for applications is June 29, 2018. Check out the program's website to learn more.

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