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March 15, 2019

  1. Get the latest updates on progress at the bargaining table
  2. Solidarity with the people of New Zealand
  3. How are BC’s adolescents doing? Read the latest McCreary study
  4. Opportunities for Members: Ministry of Education committees

Get the latest updates on progress at the bargaining table

BCTF members can log in to the MyBCTF portal to read the latest updates from the provincial bargaining table. Updates include information on a new dispute resolution process for local bargaining and a status report on where things stand in advance of the BCTF Annual General Meeting, which starts this weekend. 

All members have access to the portal and need to log in using their BCTF Member ID. For members who have never accessed the portal before, click the “Sign up now” button when you first arrive at MyBCTF.ca. If you don't know your BCTF Member ID, you can register for the first time with your employee number. Please check your contact information is up to date while you are there.

Solidarity with the people of New Zealand

People around the world are horrified by the murders of 49 people worshipping at their mosques in New Zealand. We must all continue to speak out against Islamophobic and racist attitudes, against hate-motivated violence, and against those who spread anti-immigrant sentiment- abroad and here in Canada.

BC teachers are committed to working with our national and international counterparts to push back against racism and intolerance. We can't let the white nationalist anger that led to terrorist acts against praying Muslims in Quebec City and Christchurch become normalized.

Whether it's Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, or xenophobia, we'll be standing up and speaking out against hatred. All of Canada's political leaders should do the same. 

You can read this statement from the BCTF on Twitter and Facebook. You can also share this statement of solidarity from the BC Federation of Labour.

How are BC’s adolescents doing? Read the latest McCreary study

Results from the latest McCreary Centre Society survey of 38,000 Grade 7-12 students show that most BC students are doing well, but the results confirm what many have heard anecdotally: “BC teens are generally less likely to be engaged in extracurricular activities, such as sports and volunteering, than five years ago, and they are more likely to be struggling with their mental health and sleep.” The authors also found it “worrying to see increases in areas such as racial discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and dating violence.” Read the full report, the key findings, calls to action, and webinar schedule here.

Opportunities for Members: Ministry of Education committees

The BCTF is seeking four members to participate as Federation representatives to a Ministry of Education committee tasked with developing Capstone examples that support learning in the new Career-Life Connections course and finalizing the draft Career Education 10-12 Guide. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to learn more and apply. 

The BCTF is also seeking nine members to participate in a Ministry of Education committee tasked with updating and finalizing the Core Competencies. This work will include refining the profiles and facets of the draft Core Competencies and adding more student illustrations to the website. In addition, the Ministry will be seeking advice from the team on processes for use, review, and future revision of the Core Competencies and ideas on how to approach student reflection about learning in K-12. The deadline for applications is  Friday, April 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to learn more and apply.

 


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