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September 9, 2020

  1. COVID-19 questions? Watch the BCTF Livestream with Teri Mooring tomorrow
  2. Health and Safety: Know your rights
  3. Representative Assembly Task Force
  4. Opportunities for Members: BCTF committee vacancies
  5. Opportunities for Members: Judicial Council

COVID-19 questions? Watch the BCTF Livestream with Teri Mooring tomorrow

BCTF President Teri Mooring and Second Vice-President Carole Gordon will be hosting a Livestream session on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to take your questions about the restart plan, how events unfolded over the summer, and your health and safety rights. You can watch the event on the Federation’s Livestream page. Use the password bctf2020 to access the event. Unlike Zoom, there is no capacity limit for this event, but we can only take questions through email. If you would like to ask a question, send it to covidquestions@bctf.ca

Health and Safety: Know your rights

On the main page of the BCTF members’ portal. As soon as you log in, you will see the link for the 2020 Health and Safety Handbook. That handbook has all the information you need about your rights and the employers’ obligations. If at any time, you are concerned about the conditions in your classroom, please talk to your site-based health and safety representative, your school union representative or contact your local union office immediately. Any safety concerns about working conditions must be reported to the employer promptly. The Federation has also created a new drop-down menu called Covid-19 in the portal. That space will start seeing content around health and safety and advocacy uploaded this week as a hub of support for teachers. 

Representative Assembly Task Force

The BCTF is seeking 20 members to serve on a task force to examine how to make the Federation’s Representative Assembly more equitable and inclusive. One of the BCTF’s priorities for the 2020–21 year is to further this commitment through developing and maintaining structures, processes, and a professional culture that ensure all members can count on access, agency, and a sense of belonging. The task force will report out to the Executive Committee, including recommendations of potential changes to existing BCTF by-laws, policies, procedures, agendas, representation, and/or Standing Rules of Order of the Representative Assembly. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply here.

Opportunities for Members: BCTF committee vacancies

The BCTF is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on three committees; the G.A. Fergusson Memorial Award Trustees, the Health and Safety Advisory Committee, and the Teachers Teaching on Call Advisory Committee. Learn more about each of these important committees here. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2020. Members can submit their application online

Opportunities for Members: Judicial Council

The Judicial Council, through the use of panels, considers alleged breaches of the Code of Ethics or conduct harmful to the Federation and renders a verdict regarding said conduct. Applicants must be nominated by a secret ballot of a local general meeting or a local representative assembly. There are six, two-year terms, and one six-month term available on the Judicial Council. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2020. Members can submit their application online.


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