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June 12, 2019

  1. Check out early bird pricing for PSA Pro-D Day 2019
  2. Stay up-to-date on BCTF bargaining
  3. SOGI 123 is hiring!
  4. Universal, public Pharmacare is within reach

Check out early bird pricing for PSA Pro-D Day 2019

While the current school year may be coming to a close, planning is already well under way for the BCTF’s Provincial Specialist Association Day on October 25, 2019. Most school districts schedule a non-instructional day on the third Friday of October to help facilitate teacher attendance at one of the conferences organized by our 32 provincial specialist associations (PSAs). Most PSAs have already listed information about their fall 2019 conferences on the BCTF Professional Development Calendar here. Many of them have early bird pricing in effect, so now is a good time to check out what is available.

These events wouldn’t happen without the amazing volunteerism and dedication of hundreds of members around the province who serve on PSA executives and conference committees. If you haven’t checked out a PSA conference before, 2019 is you chance! 

Stay up-to-date on BCTF bargaining

With less than three weeks to go until the expiry of our collective agreement, there has been a lot of media attention on the state of talks. Remember to check the MyBCTF portal frequently between now and June 30 to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. If there is no deal by June 30, the BCTF’s intention is to keep negotiating through the summer and into the fall if necessary. The most recent update from June 7 is online. Talks are ongoing, so be sure to check the portal every few days for any further updates. 

You can also listen to and share a recent CKNW interview with BCTF President Glen Hansman about the key issues. 

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. 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.

SOGI 123 is hiring!

The SOGI 123 project is currently looking to fill some important vacancies. Members who have been involved in the project may want to look at the postings put forward by the ARC Foundation, with whom the BCTF, Ministry of Education, UBC, and the other provincial K–12 organizations partner on the SOGI 123 project. The ARC Foundation has three full-time staff positions available: BC SOGI 123 Lead; Director, SOGI 123; and Director, Community Engagement. Information about the positions is available here

Universal, public Pharmacare is within reach

The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has just released its final report and is calling for the creation of a public, universal Pharmacare program for all Canadians. This is an excellent turn of events following a big advocacy push by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The BCTF, along with other unions across Canada, endorsed the CLC’s campaign and is asking teachers to continue advocating to Members of Parliament in advance of the federal election. Let your MPs know you support the council’s call for universal Pharmacare.

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