BC Teachers' Federation

B.C. Coughs Up $50 Million To Hire 1,100 Teachers After Court Ruling

CP | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada British Columbia

The money is a first instalment.

New Year's Resolutions Every B.C. Politician Should Make

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

The year is almost a wrap and - safe to say - 2016 was one for the books. In keeping with the spirit of the season, it's time again for a few New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s political parties and politicians to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.

B.C.'s Supreme Court Loss Its Latest In A Long Line Of Blowouts

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants. Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?

Between Government And Unions, Taxpayers Have No Voice

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

In the battle between big government and big unions over big tax dollars, the country's highest court has decided there's just no need for the little people -- the taxpayers -- to be heard. This might have made sense if the Court limited its judgments to protecting truly fundamental freedoms. However, its recent judgments expanding freedom of association to protect the economic and contractual rights of unions can have serious impacts on government's budgetary spending priorities.

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...