BC Teachers' Federation

Province Optimistic About Teacher Contract Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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. ...

WALKOUT

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...

B.C. Teachers' Contract Negotiations Stalled

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government and the province's unionized teachers are facing a stalemate in their contract talks, one day after limited job action...

I'll Tell You Why B.C. Teachers Are Willing To Strike

Susan Lambert | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Lambert

The climate of confrontation and conflict imposes a dreadful toll on teachers. Some say why don't we just give in? Why not simply teach under whatever conditions the government constructs in public schools, collect our pay checks and go home?

B.C. Teachers Vote In Favour Of Strike

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Now that contract negotiations with British Columbia teachers have reached the next phase with an 89 per strike mandate, the education mini...

Teachers Strike Vote Begins

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Teachers across British Columbia have begun taking a strike vote in hopes the move will pressure the government to offer what their union ...

B.C. Teachers' Court Win ON HOLD

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A potentially costly court ruling that found the British Columbia government violated the rights of its teachers and ordered hundreds of c...

B.C. Appeals Teachers Ruling

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has filed an appeal of a court decision that concluded the province violated the bargaining rights of teachers.A B.C. ...

Teachers' Ruling To Be Appealed

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Liberal government plans to appeal a court decision that concluded the province violated the bargaining rights of teache...