bargaining objective survey closed on Thursday, September 30th.
Thanks to all the VSTA members for their input. The
survey results were taken to the VTF General Meeting on October
5th where our local bargaining
objectives were ratified by the membership.
Did You Know?
When bargaining begins again in March of 2011
It will be 19 years since the last round of
local school-district/local teacher-union bargaining
It will be 17 years since health and welfare
benefits for teachers saw any improvement.
It will be 17 years since the legislative
imposition of provincial bargaining.
It will be 9 years since workload and learning
provisions were stripped from the collective
It will be 5 years since the first significant
negotiated collective agreement between BCTF and
BCPSEA was ratified.
BCTF Worklife Study
major study by the Research Department at the BCTF into
teachers work has just been published. A number of
topics were covered in the study, ranging from workload
issues through how teachers spend their summers. The
difficult working conditions and the stresses of the job
are causing one in five teachers, who are in mid-career,
to consider leaving the profession. This staggering
figure does not bode well for teacher retention in the
The worklife study will be
featured in Teacher newsmagazine throughout the
year, beginning with the September issue
Further Delay in Charter Challenge to Bills 27 & 28
Lawyers for the attorney general were successful in
arguing for an adjournment of the hearing, which was to
proceed on September 20, on the grounds that they had
recently discovered many boxes of potentially relevant
documents. The hearing is now scheduled for 10 days
commencing on November 15. The BCTF is asserting that
the charter guarantee to freedom of association was
infringed when the provincial government stripped the
provincial agreement of many working and learning
conditions and prohibited their inclusion into the
collective agreement in the future. A detailed analysis
of the challenge is in the September edition of
Vancouver Trustees Advocacy
and COPE school trustees in Vancouver have been doing
unprecedented amounts of advocacy, working with their trustee
colleagues in other school districts and with parents and the
unions here in Vancouver trying to get the message out to
whomever will listen about the situation facing Vancouver
schools. And while the Premier, the Minister of Education, and
their BC Liberal MLA colleagues keep repeating "education
funding is the highest ever" / "funding is at an all time high
for public education" / "we're spending record amounts on
education," the truth is that these increases have not kept pace
with inflation, have not accounted for increased unfunded costs
that have been downloaded to school districts, and have not
accounted for the real costs associated with maintaining
services in a school district.
alone, these downloaded costs will result in a minimum shortfall
of $18.12 million and are not in areas where boards have the
discretion to spend less. The education of all of our students -
typical, ESL, special needs, Aboriginal, inner city - will be
profoundly impacted by any further cuts to Vancouver's already
stretched district budget.
are encouraged to make their concerns known by writing MLAs
and are encouraged to get PACs to do the same.
December 4, 2009,