BC Teachers' Federation

B.C. Drops Some Provincial High-School Exams

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Math and literacy will be the only skills to be formally tested starting in the next school year.

Supreme Court Will Hear B.C. Teachers' Appeal Against Province

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"We never give up."

What Everyone Needs to Know About B.C.'s Bill 11

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Our government would love nothing more then for all of us to turn a blind eye to yet anther bill that will strip rights from students, teachers, and parents and help give our education minister more power and control over a system he knows little about.

Courts Will Not Deliver Smaller Class Sizes In B.C., So Here's What Will

Tara Ehrcke | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Tara Ehrcke

The 13-year legal battle over class sizes in British Columbia should teach us that relying on the courts is not a winning strategy. After a decade of court battles, classes are as large as ever, funding on the decrease, and the teachers' strike fund depleted from legal costs.

B.C. Teachers' Ballots Bungled For Election: Union

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Teachers' union president Jim Iker says the mistake will waste thousands of dollars in extra mailing costs.

Personalized Learning Means Kids With Computers, Not Teachers

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Personalized learning will mean that more often than not your child will be interacting with his/her personal computer while completing courses online. It makes so much sense to try to sell this doublespeak version of "personalized" to parents. It's so much cheaper to buy a new computer than to pay a teacher's salary year after year.

B.C. Can't Get Away With Voiding Contract Clauses: BCTF Lawyer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A litany of consequences arise if the British Columbia government is allowed to get away with rubbing out hundreds of clauses from the tea...

Province Optimistic About Teacher Contract Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - There is some optimism as both sides in the B.C. teachers' dispute employ their full bargaining teams when negotiations resume later this w...

Striking Teachers, Province Finally Agree On Something

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government agreed Friday to bring in a mediator to try and resolve the impasse that has put thousands of teachers on ...

Teachers' Union Calls For Mediation To End Dispute

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - With no sign of a deal on the horizon, British Columbia's unionized teachers called Thursday for mediation in hopes an independent party c...

Food Bank Opening For Surrey Teachers

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. teachers continued to walk the picket line Wednesday, prompting the creation of a special food bank to help those struggling to make ends meet. ...


CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - As teachers staged their first day of a full-scale strike in British Columbia, the province's education minister said negotiations would r...

Teachers Present New Contract Proposal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia teachers' union presented a new contract proposal to the employer on Friday, kicking off an intense set of negotiatio...

Teachers, B.C. Reaching Deal Not Impossible: Premier

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Teachers were holding protest rallies, schools were shuffling events, and with the union poised to announce whether a full-scale strike wo...

Full Strike 'Last Big Thing' Teachers Can Do: B.C. Professor

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A pivotal strike vote this Monday and Tuesday by British Columbia's teachers is no schoolyard game of chicken, and experts advise that tip...

Order Would Force Teachers To Mark Exams During Full Strike

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government's bargaining agent is seeking an order that will compel unionized teachers to mark exams in the event of a full-scale ...

Grief Counsellor's Letter To Christy Clark Goes Viral

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. school district psychologist said he's surprised that a letter he posted to Facebook about being docked pay for working overtime hours has attr...

B.C. Teachers, School Boards Need Counselling Because They Sure Can't Get A DIvorce

Adam Olsen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Let's focus on an arbitrated contract that will get us through the next two to three years, but keep the mediator around for that period and require all three parties continue meeting until they can reconcile their differences and drastically improve the quality of their negotiations.

B.C. Teachers' Contract Dispute Isn't Going Well

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The contract dispute between British Columbia's teachers and the province continues to escalate, with government negotiators responding to...

B.C. Teachers Strike 2014: What Are Parents Supposed To Do?

Melissa Carr | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

As a parent, I am just. So. Tired. When my daughter began school in 2011, we spent a year of uncertainty as job action took place and the threat of strikes loomed. Both sides dug in and, it seemed, no end was in sight. Three years later and, frustratingly, not much has changed.

B.C.Teachers To Start Rotating Strikes

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Public school students in British Columbia will find themselves at the centre of the dispute between teachers and the province next week a...

B.C. Threatens To Cut Teachers' Wages

CP | Keven Drews and Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is threatening to cut teachers' wages by five per cent if a new contract agreement isn't reached by the end of the sch...

Gov't Ditches 10-Year Teachers' Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has ditched its demand for a 10-year teachers' contract and is now offering a six-year-deal and a signing bonus if ther...

We Lose When B.C. Government Listens To Bond Raters Over Citizens

Susan Lambert | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Lambert

What effect has this "free market" driven economic policy had on public services in B.C.? You don't have to look further than your local school board struggling to identify yet further cuts to the programs and services that once made the system the strongest in the world.

Teachers Wage Demands Will Hurt B.C.'s Credit Rating: Negotiator

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Wage demands by British Columbia's teachers are so high they threaten the province's financial future, the Liberal government's chief contr...