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October 10, 2019

  1. Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA
  2. Reminder about bargaining updates
  3. Support Vancouver’s striking hotel workers
  4. Opportunities for Members
  5. Employment opportunities at the BCTF

Parents asked to withdraw students from the FSA

This year, parents are facing unusually strong pushback from some principals and school districts about withdrawing their children from the Foundation Skills Assessment. If you are a parent, please show solidarity with your colleagues who teach Grades 4 and 7 and ensure your child’s principal respects your wishes to have your child withdrawn. The BCTF has long been concerned with the misuse of data from these tests by the Fraser Institute, as well as the time they take away from meaningful teaching and learning. Use this letter, available in English, French, Punjabi, and Chinese, to have your child withdrawn.

Reminder about bargaining updates

The mediator involved in talks between the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers’ Association has asked both parties to adhere to a strict media blackout. More information on that was emailed to members in the form of a letter from Teri Mooring on October 4, 2019. Please remember that all of the bargaining updates, and the most accurate information on bargaining, is on the member portal

Support Vancouver’s striking hotel workers

Please sign this petition to show your support and solidarity with striking Unite Here Local 40 workers who are fighting for safe and stable jobs. The petition is to the management of the Hotel Georgia, Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore, Four Seasons, and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels. It asks supporters to “stand with over 1,500 hotel workers in contract negotiations. The hotel industry has enjoyed record profits over the past several years thanks to the hard working members of UNITE HERE Local 40. We support their demands for a livable wage, decent retirement, safe workload, stable full-time jobs and a working environment free of sexual harassment.”

Opportunities for Members

There is a vacancy on the BC Teachers’ Council for a BCTF appointee. The Council is responsible for setting standards for teachers in BC, including education, competence and professional conduct requirements. The BCTC also sets standard, reviews and approves post-secondary teacher education programs. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on November 8, 2019. 

Employment opportunities at the BCTF

The BCTF currently has two vacancies for full-time continuing positions. More information about both positions are posted online

 Assistant Director, Field Service Division
Reporting to the Director of the Field Service Division and the Executive Director, this position provides support to locals in political action, contract enforcement, bargaining, communications, and the handling of a range of professional, social justice, Aboriginal education, and other issues. The role provides advice, assistance, and support to locals regarding the development of effective local structures and planning processes, and administration and enforcement of the collective agreement up to and including Step 3 of the grievance procedure. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2019.

Director, Income Security Division
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director has overall responsibility for the effective operation of the Income Security Division, which includes health and safety, wellness, pension, and the salary indemnity plan. The Director oversees the design and implementation of programs and the administration of budgets. The role also supervises and provides co-ordination and, as needed, direction to divisional staff. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., October 31, 2019.


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