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February 20, 2020

  1. Wear red on February 28 for a national day of action
  2. New BC budget increases funding but fails to address the teacher shortage
  3. BCTF Annual General Meeting set for March 14–17, 2020
  4. BCTF Advantage offer: guaranteed acceptance term life insurance

Wear red on February 28 for a national day of action

On Friday, February 28 the BCTF is joining teacher unions from across Canada in a national day of action to support our collective bargaining efforts and to speak out against government underfunding. The day of action is being co-ordinated with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and will flood social media #RedForEd posts to highlight the importance of publicly funded public education in Canada and the threats facing it from coast to coast to coast. In BC, you can also use the hashtag #RedForBCED. Members can also reach out to their locals or your school staff representative to see if your local is organizing any walk-ins where teachers gather together before school and enter the building together or other actions as a show of solidarity.

These actions are a great way to participate in Phase 1 of our action plan to support our collective bargaining objectives. Phase 1 does not require any kind of strike vote because wearing red and participating in walk-ins are not job action. 

New BC budget increases funding but fails to address the teacher shortage

The BC government announced its new budget on February 18, 2020. BCTF President Teri Mooring responded with a news release and various media interviews in which she expressed some cautious optimism as the government is adding some new funding to education and investing in important services for Indigenous students as well as children and youth in care. However, Mooring did express serious concern about the budget’s silence on the ongoing teacher shortage. She said, “The number one priority for addressing the teacher shortage is improving salaries to be more competitive with the rest of Canada. BC teachers have the second lowest starting salary in all of Canada and the worst overall salary west of Quebec.” 

The BCTF is headed back to mediation on February 27, 28, March 4–6, 11–13, and 24–26. Mooring stated, “I’m hopeful the government will return to mediation at the end of February with a willingness to negotiate a deal that’s good for teachers and students. A deal that helps tackle BC’s teacher shortage crisis and the inequity of working and learning conditions across the province.” Read the full news release here. You can also read the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s analysis of all the details.

BCTF Annual General Meeting set for March 14–17, 2020

The next BCTF Annual General Meeting where hundreds of delegates from all over the province gather to set Federation policy and priorities as well as elect members of the Executive Committee, is set for March 14–17, 2020. You can read the Reports and Resolutions book to see all of the issues that will be discussed and debated. Go to the BCTF member portal, log in, and then select governing body documents from the drop down menu labeled Resources to see the Reports and Resolutions book. Print copies are also sent to all schools, and should arrive soon.

BCTF Advantage offer: guaranteed acceptance term life insurance

BCTF members have until February 29 to apply for guaranteed acceptance term life insurance with the Federation’s BCTF Advantage partner iA Financial Group (Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc). Members and their spouse, can purchase up to $50,000 of Term Life Insurance with no medical questions. Your acceptance is guaranteed, regardless of your medical history.To take advantage of this special opportunity, visit solutionsinsurance.com/bctf/apply-now.

 


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