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June 28, 2018

  1. New info on BC’s electoral reform referendum
  2. Deadline for to apply for the Premier’s Awards is June 30
  3. Opportunities for Members: Provincial Bargaining Team
  4. Opportunities for Members: Finance Committee
  5. Opportunities for Members: Teacher Magazine Advisory Board
  6. Thank you and have a happy summer!

New info on BC’s electoral reform referendum

This fall British Columbians will have an opportunity to decide on how we elect Members of the Legislative Assembly in the future. The electoral reform referendum will take place by mail-in ballot from October 22 to November 30, 2018. It will feature two questions:

  • The first will ask British Columbians whether we should adopt a proportional representation voting system or stick with the current first past the post system.
  • The second question will ask voters to rank their preferences of three different proportional systems.

The BCTF has adopted a position in favour of change from the first past the post system because we believe it's not fair that a government with only 40% of the vote should get 100% of the power. Here's a short video that illustrates how the last three governments in our province were all majorities, despite winning only a minority of votes.

As Seth Klein of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says: “The electoral system we currently use consistently produces results in which the makeup of our legislature does not reflect the will of the people.” In the first of a series of blog posts, Klein asserts that electoral reform is actually quite simple and British Columbians should not be deterred by naysayers who claim it's all too complicated for voters to understand.

Check out VotePRbc.ca to learn more. You can also follow along on Twitter: https://twitter.com/voteprbc and Facebook: https://fb.com/voteprbc.

Deadline for to apply for the Premier’s Awards is June 30

The Premier's Awards for Excellence in Education were created to recognize the enormous contributions of BC's teachers, administrators, and support staff that are vital to the cultural, economic, and social well-being of the province. Nominate someone today. The submission deadline is June 30, 2018. Learn more about the awards online

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 and be very familiar with the current issues faced by teachers in the workplace, as well as the process of negotiations and contract enforcement. The application deadline is August 13, 2018. Learn more and apply online. Other committee vacancies are also posted online

Opportunities for Members: Finance Committee

The BCTF currently has one, three-year term vacancy on the Federation's Finance Committee. This committee advises the Executive Committee on financial responsibilities such as monitoring performance of all BCTF investment funds, recommending the annual fee, and monitoring BCTF revenues and expenditures. The deadline to apply is August 13, 2018.

Opportunities for Members: Teacher Magazine Advisory Board

The BCTF has two, three-year terms for the Teacher Magazine Advisory Board. This group participates in brainstorming and planning for magazine themes, features, and stories relevant to teachers. The board also reviews each edition of the magazine post publication and helps set magazine objectives for each school year. The deadline to apply is August 13, 2018. 

Thank you and have a happy summer!

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Thank you BC teachers for all of your hard work this year! What you do for your schools, communities, and union is so important. Have a safe and happy summer full of relaxing and fun days with your loved ones. 


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