December 5, 2018
- Taking action to end violence against women
- Update on education funding review
- BCTF set to launch BCTF 2050: Engaging the Future
- New Teachers’ Conference 2019: Two events this year
- Opportunities for Members: AGM Ombudspersons
- Opportunities for Members: BCTF Delegates to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation AGM
- Opportunities for members: Get involved with BCTF committees!
Taking action to end violence against women
On December 6, please take time to remember and honour the 14 women killed in 1989 at École Polytechnique in Montreal. Half of women in Canada will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. With leadership, education and action by the federal government, we can end sexual harassment and violence. Add your voice by emailing your MP here: www.donewaiting.ca/harassment_violence.
The BCTF's Status of Women Action Group provides information, lesson ideas, and professional support for classroom teachers to address issues around gender-based violence and inequality in the classroom.
Update on education funding review
In response to the BCTF's advocacy, the Minister of Education has confirmed that his Ministry will engage with the Federation before any final decisions are made about the future of education funding in BC. In a letter to BCTF President Glen Hansman on November 27, Rob Fleming also reiterated his government's commitment to honour teachers' court win and bargaining rights. Prior to this letter, there had been a great deal of concern that the government was going to move quickly toward a statistical “prevalence model” to fund students with special needs that could interfere with the Federation's restored contract language before we even get to collective bargaining. Read more about those concerns here.
The BCTF will continue to strongly advocate against any funding changes that will negatively affect our working conditions and students' learning conditions. Stay tuned for more updates.
BCTF set to launch BCTF 2050: Engaging the Future
Are you a BCTF member in your first 10 years of teaching? Would you like to be part of a provincial team exploring new teachers' professional and union engagement? The BCTF is seeking 16 facilitators from across BC to be part of BCTF 2050: Engaging the Future. Successful applicants will receive an introduction to the BCTF's organization, staff, and services as well as team-building, resources, and ongoing support for designing and conducting focus group conversations with new teachers. If you are interested in learning more about your union and are seeking an opportunity to meet and collaborate with new teachers from across BC, please submit your application by January 15, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. More information and an application form can be found on the BCTF website at bctf.ca/opportunities/BCTFCommittees.aspx.
New Teachers’ Conference 2019: Two events this year
In 2019, the BCTF is hosting two regional New Teachers' Conferences called Gaining ground: New teachers together, leading the way. The first will be in Vernon from April 4-5 and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Deborah MacNamara, presenting on developmental science and making sense of learning, behavioral, and developmental issues in kids (from babies to teens). The second conference will be in Nanaimo from May 9-10 and will feature spoken word artist and activist Tracy Myers. Registration for both conferences will open on February 14, 2019. For more information, visit bctf.ca/NewTeachers.
Opportunities for Members: AGM Ombudspersons
The BCTF is looking to fill four vacancies - two female, two male - for the role of ombudspersons at the upcoming Annual General Meeting in March 2019. The Ombudspersons serve as a resource to help resolve any member-to-member complaints during the meeting, and assist any members who may feel they have been harassed. Learn more about the role, criteria, and application process online. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019. A CV application form can be found on the BCTF website at bctf.ca/forms/CV.
Opportunities for Members: BCTF Delegates to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation AGM
The next Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Teachers' Federation will be held in Ottawa on July 12, 2019. As a CTF member organization, the BCTF has an allotted number of voting delegates at this meeting. As was the case last year, it is expected that the BCTF will qualify for 11 voting delegates. The BCTF's delegation is made up of six members elected by the Representative Assembly with the remaining delegates chosen by the BCTF Executive Committee. The RA also elects two alternates, should anyone need to cancel before the meeting. All BCTF members are eligible to apply to be chosen by the RA when it meets on February 1 and 2, 2019. To apply, please submit this online application form. Only those applications received by 5:00 p.m. on January 14 will be considered by the Representative Assembly. To read more about the Canadian Teachers' Federation, go to www.ctf-fce.ca/en/Pages/About/CTF-Working-for-Teachers.aspx.
Opportunities for members: Get involved with BCTF committees!
The BCTF has vacancies on several important committees that advise the Executive Committee and support various aspects of the Federation's work. You can learn about all of the committees and apply online. The Federation is looking to fill spots on the Pensions Committee, the Working and Learning Conditions/Bargaining Advisory Committee, the Judicial Council, and the Internal Mediation Service. Get all of the information, including application details and deadlines, at bctf.ca/opportunities/BCTFCommittees.aspx.