February 21, 2018

BCTF chooses new President

The BC Teachers' Federation has a new leader set to take the helm when current President Susan Lambert steps down at the end of the school year. Current first Vice President Jim Iker has been acclaimed in the position. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

BCTF and BCPSEA to get back to talks

After taking a break last week, contract talks have resumed between the BC Teachers Federation and the BC Public School Employers Association. Speaking for the BCTF executive, Glen Hansman says talks are steadily progressing, behind closed doors and not in the media, "So far, so good. It's been calm. We are really happy with the framework that we … [Read more...]

BCTF, BCPSEA vote to ratify framework agreement for bargaining

BC Teachers Federation representatives and the BC Public School Employers Association have ratified a framework deal which sets up contract talks. BCTF President Susan Lambert says the framework deal includes a facilitator to aid negotiations, as well as a timeline. "It will mean a positive start to bargaining which we are obliged to enter into … [Read more...]

BCTF and BCPSEA bargaining process under construction

The BC Teachers Federation and the BC Public School Employers Association say they are working on a new deal to change the bargaining process.  Neither group would go on the record with details other than to confirm each will take the framework to their members next weekend for a vote.  Meanwhile BCTF President Susan Lambert says she is … [Read more...]

BCTF says FSA tests could soon be a distant memory

The BC Teachers' Federation sees a light at the end of the tunnel in their long fight against the Foundation Skills Assessment tests. BCTF President Susan Lambert says NDP Leader Adrian Dix has pledged to end the FSA tests should he win the May election.  "And within the ministry themselves aren't supportive of the FSA's so it seems to me that … [Read more...]

BCTF says provincial memo misses the point

A message from the province's Education Minister earlier this week has the BC Teachers' Federation scratching their head. President Susan Lambert says the message, applauding BC's schools for ranking high in an international reading study, missed the point. She says teachers are working very hard with the funding they have. "It seems to me … [Read more...]

BCTF object to Federal bill forcing unions to disclose spending and finances

The BC Teachers' Federation is voicing their objection to legislation passed by the Federal Government Wednesday forcing unions to make spending and finances public. President Susan Lambert calls Bill C-377 an unwarranted intrusion into the privacy of BCTF members. "BCTF runs its own salary indemnity plan for members who find themselves unable to … [Read more...]

BCTF concerned over regulations allowing School Boards to set calendars

BC Teachers' Federation President Susan Lambert says she's worried about school districts in the province being able to set their own school calendars. Lambert says it's difficult for families to organize family time if everyone is on a different calendar.  She says family time is something kids need in addition to school time. "I don't think … [Read more...]

Premier wants long term labour peace with BCTF

A review of the bargaining process with teachers in British Columbia has been announced by the Premier. Christy Clark says she's hoping consultations headed up by Education Minister Don McRae will lead to longterm results, possibly  a ten year contract. "And what's stopping us from doing it differently? This is an ambitious goal, but I believe … [Read more...]

BCTF wants province to focus on cause of bullies

In the wake of the tragic suicide of 15 year old bullied student Amanda Todd, the President of the BC Teachers Federation says it's not good enough  to simply intervene when there is a bullying problem. Susan Lambert says bullying needs to be stopped from happening altogether. "It's not a matter of trying to identify bullies.  What we … [Read more...]