Minutes from November 15 General meeting

Tuesday, November 15, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Fish Hall


1.  Call to Order 6:50
2.  Adoption of the Agenda:  Moved E. Braid/Chrona, as amended         CARRIED
Adoption of Minutes of September 23, 2008: Moved E. Braid/Fox-Povey  CARRIED

3.  Presentation from BCTF Executive Committee:  Jill McCaffery
Moved Larson/Sawka:  That we move into committee of the whole, and that we     rise and report at the end of Jill’s remarks.                CARRIED
Rising out of committee, it was reported that FSAs were discussed.

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Decisions of the Fall Representative Assembly November 7–8, 2008

Decisions of the Fall Representative Assembly

November 7–8, 2008


Ad hoc RA Committee to Examine the Executive Committee Hiring Process

That the ad-hoc committee to examine the Executive Committee hiring process consist of five members of the Representative Assembly.

RA Ombudspersons

That the Representative Assembly annually elect at the Spring RA, up to three members who will be members of the Representative Assembly the following year to serve as ombudsperson(s) for meetings of the RA and AGM.

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Friday, June 6th, 2008

Aboard the Adventure Tours catamaran (pictured on the front of the most recent phone book)

Boat will depart the dock at 7:00 pm returning at 10:00 pm

Appetizers and No Host Bar

Tickets $15.00 each No cost for recent Retirees

Tickets coming to your school soon!

Minutes From Feb. 21st General Meeting

1. Called to order at 3:50 pm

2. Adoption of the agenda Motion: Delorme/Kolesar Carried

3. Accept Minutes of Jan.19th, 2008 general meeting : Motion A.Braid/T.Kolesar Carried

4. Old Business: None

5. New Business
i) Election of LR for remainder of 2007-2008 school year: Gabriel Bureau Acclaimed
ii) Update on School Closures: DVC final reported submitted, no copies available at Board Meeting , will be sent out on listserve when available.
iii) Delegates for AGM are now A. Braid, K. Peters, J. Larson on Gabriel Bureau (LR), Michelle Davies is alternate Motion: That the bargaining committee look at what will happen with staffing if there are school closures Delorme/M.Bowles Carried

6. Announcements
i) Rights, Not Wrongs Conference April 3-5: 2 social justice reps. Going, any other teacher interested can put in their name by March 7th.
ii) Social Justice Committee having a celebration open to all, Saturday March 8th. Need to know numbers by Feb. 29th. Dinner and a Movie
ii) Pro-D committee – next meeting planning for next year, Please let your Pro D rep know your ideas.
7. Moved to Adjourn M. Bowles 4:30pm

Decisions of the Winter RA

February 1-2, 2008

Fee Recommendations – 2008-09
That the Representative Assembly recommend to the AGM:

That for the 2008-09 membership year, the fee for those members under By-law 1.1(a) shall be 1.45% of the actual salary of the member, allocated as follows:

1.31% to the General Operating Fund,
0.06% to the Collective Bargaining Defence Fund,
0.05% to the Public Education Defence Fund,
0.02% to the Provincial Bargaining Fund,
0.01% to the Contingency Fund

Except that the fee for active members who are teachers on call shall be 0.36% of the actual salary of the member allocated in the same ratio as above.

Other Membership Fees
That for the 2008-09 membership year, the fee for affiliate administrative membership under By-law 1.6, exclusive of the Salary Indemnity Plan, be $50.

That for the 2008-09 membership year, the fee for those who are members under By-law 1.2 (associate membership), shall be $50, except that the fee for associate members who are uncertificated teachers’ replacements shall be 0.36% of the actual salary of the member, and except that the fee for associate members who are students enrolled in programs of study in university/college programs leading to certification as teachers shall be $1.00.

That a member who is on leave of absence either without pay or on a deferred salary leave remains an active member, without payment of fees.

That for the 2008-09 membership year, the fee for those who are members under By-law 1.6 (affiliate membership) shall be an amount negotiated between the BCTF and the affiliate, on a fee-for-service basis.

That for the 2008-09 membership year, the fee for active membership for those who are members under By-law 1.1(b) shall be the same as the fee for active members under By-law 1.1(a), provided that the Representative Assembly may, in establishing policy regarding the eligibility of such members, waive or modify the fees.

Minimum Local Fee
That effective July 1, 2008, statement 10.J.04 (page 72) be amended to read: “That for the
2008-09 budget year, the minimum local fee for BCTF grant purposes be $325.”

Sharon McIvor Defense Fund
That the Federation donate $10,000 towards the legal defence of the Supreme Court decision in the Sharon McIvor case.

Preparation Time
That the BCTF provide full legal and financial support for Victoria middle school teachers who are in a dispute with their employer over their professional autonomy to decide what they do during their preparation time.

That when the BCTF is negotiating with BCPSEA about an issue that negatively impacts on a specific local or locals that the local(s) be consulted before any agreements are made between the provincial bodies.

Manufacture of Armaments
That the BCTF urge the government to stop the sale of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates LTD to Alliant Techsystems of Minnesota (ATK), a company that manufactures armaments.

Opposition to Dues Increase
That an action plan be developed and brought to the 2008 AGM by the BCTF Executive Committee, including lobbying all college councellors to oppose any such motion should the BC College of Teachers plan for a dues increase to pay for criminal record checks, the Public or Employer Registries.

Learning Round Table
1. That the BCTF continue to participate in the Learning Round Table only as long as the focus of the meetings is on learning conditions, particularly class size and class composition.

2. That the BCTF, through the Bill 33 review process promised by the premier, demand substantial changes to the legislation that includes the following:
a. ratios and case load limits for specialist teachers
b. reduction in class sizes when students with special needs are included
c. class size limits that provide safety in shop and lab courses
d. firm class size limits in middle and secondary schools
e. reduction in class sizes when there are multi-age/multi-grade classrooms.
f. firm class-composition limits at all grade levels

3. That the BCTF demand the government fully fund Bill 33 and future legislation on class size and composition.

4. That the BCTF make it clear to government that the above demands are being made without prejudice to our provision that these matters should be included in collective bargaining and without prejudice to our position on local bargaining.

5. That the spring Representative Assembly review BCTF participation in the Learning Round Table.

Langley Inquiry
That the BCTF Executive Committee develop a comprehensive provincial action plan to address the recommendations contained in the Langley Special Education Inquiry Report for presentation to the 2008 AGM.

The following were elected as CTF AGM delegates:
Laurence Greeff (Langley), Bill MacFarlane (Revelstoke), and Ken Zydyk (Alberni).

Nominating Chairperson Bill MacFarlane announced the nominees for Executive Committee for 2008-09:
Irene Lanzinger (Vancouver Secondary) for president, Susan Lambert (Burnaby) for first vice-president, Jim Iker (Burns Lake) for second vice-president, for members at large: Gail Chaddock-Costello (Langley), Michelle Davies (Central Okanagan), Al Klassen (Richmond), Fred Robertson, (Vancouver Island North), Robert Tarswell (Princeton), and John Wadge (Surrey).

CTF Membership
That the BCTF give notice to withdraw from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and, concomitantly, that the BCTF work with other teachers’ unions within the Canadian Labour Congress to establish a representative teacher organization.

Marked FSA Booklets
That teachers be advised to not participate in the distribution of marked FSA booklets to parents.

FSA Mandated Testing
That in the event that marked FSA booklets are distributed to parents by administrators, teachers be advised to provide parents with accompanying printed information outlining teachers’ concerns about the FSA and the proliferation of mandated testing.

TOCs for AGM Attendance
That the BCTF cover TOC costs for a local to send delegates and local representative(s) to the BCTF AGM when the following condition has been met:

The local has attempted to negotiate with the board that the employer cover the costs of TOCs for local delegate(s) and local representative(s) attendance at the AGM when the board has implemented a spring break different from that set by the provincial calendar.

Policy 9.D.159
That policy 9.D.159 be amended as follows:

1. In d. replace “teaching conditions” with “working and learning conditions.”
2. Add f. “Teachers are covered under the full provisions of the collective agreement in their
local, including salary and benefits.”

Green Lateral Exchange/Transfer
That the objective of green lateral exchange/transfer between districts be referred to the next round of provincial bargaining.

Resolution 19 – Exploration Programs
That the BCTF lobby the provincial government to ensure the provision of necessary funding and staffing for Exploration programs at middle school sites.

Resolution 135 – Goals of the BCTF
That an ongoing goal be added to the list of “Goals of the BCTF,” and that this goal be: “to promote the well-being of members through working conditions that nurture ongoing health and vitality.”

Resolution 147 – Parent Presentation Workshops
That the following motion be referred to the budget-setting process with report back to the Spring RA:
That the Executive Committee be requested to increase the support provided to parent presentations in order to develop additional workshops and cover training and travel costs.

Resolution 158 – International Kyoto Agreement
That the BCTF request that the CTF and member organizations lobby the federal government and members of parliament to have Canada adhere to the International Kyoto agreement.

Recommendation 18 – Canadian military recruitment strategies
That the BCTF oppose Canadian military recruitment strategies which present misleading information eithr visually or verbally, and/or target underprivileged people.

Recommendation 19 – Hydro-electric Power Sites
That the BCTF oppose the privatization of BC water resources and hydro-electric power sites by:
· informing members that this is taking place
· encouraging members to speak out against the process in their communities
· encouraging members to lobby their MLAs and locally elected officials
· writing a letter to the premier.

Recommendation 20 – Foreign Workers
That BCTF lobby government to implement measures to ensure that foreign workers:
1. are given the right to apply for citizenship or landed immigrant status.
2. be able to have spouses and families accompany them.
2. are paid current market wages and benefits for their occupation.
3. are required to take the same tests as workers from other provinces.

Resolution 161 – Status of Women
That the BCTF demand that the federal government restore funding to Status of Women Canada and that the mandate of Status of Women Canada include the goal of equality for all women in Canada.

Resolution 163 – Human Rights Commission
That the following motion be referred to the Executive Committee for report back to the Spring RA:

That the BCTF call upon the provincial government to:
1. restore the human rights commission with its previous mandate and powers which existed in 1996.
2. fund the commission adequately.
3. restore the office of the human rights commissioner.
4. call upon each school district to establish multicultural, antidiscrimination, and equity divisions under an officer to receive, investigate, and report violations of human rights to the local school board, the local president, and, if necessary, to the commissioner.

Resolution 166 – War Resisters’ Campaign
That the BCTF endorse the War Resisters’ Campaign and make a donation of $5,000 to the campaign.

Resolution 169 – Drug Addiction Study
That the BCTF press the federal and provincial governments to fund an in-depth scientific and social study on the cost/benefit of government distributing drugs to addicts on an ability to pay basis, and further that the BCTF press the opposition parties to commit to such a study should they form government.

Recommendation 23(b) – Policy 49.19.b
That Policy 49.19.b. (p. 159) be amended to read:
b. That BCTF locals work to eliminate the practice of contract teachers calling out, selecting, or expressing a preference for particular TOCs to fill a teacher absence.

Resolution 177 – EI Regulations
That the BCTF encourage members to write letters of support for the UFAWU-CAW campaign to change EI regulations, and that the BCTF lobby government in support of this campaign.


Saturday Jan. 19, 2008 General Meeting Minutes

1. Call to order: 12:45
2. MOVED Bowles/E. Braid: That the agenda be adopted as amended. CARRIED
3. MOVED E.Braid/Jong-Bowles: That the minutes of December 11, 2007, be adopted as circulated. CARRIED

i) Treasurer – none
ii) CBC (G. Bureau) – Comments on attempt to publish new copies of contract, bargaining issues and possible schedule.
iii) Social Justice – none
iv) Pro-D (C. Pudsey) – Comments on attached report
v) TOC – none
vi) Local Rep. – see below
vii) Labour Council (M. Jong-Bowles) – General Comments.
MOVED Jong-Bowles/Bowles That the $280 from fundraising at LC Dinner/Dance last fall be donated to the Unemployment Action Centre, and that our union match that donation. CARRIED
viii) President (J. Larson) – Speaking informally on variety of subjects, including District Visioning Committee, need for contract language in the event of school closures.


i) District Visioning Committee: Recommendation from the Executive to the General Meeting that PRDTU withdraw from the Visioning Committee. MOVED Bowles/E. Braid: That the PRDTU withdraw from the District Visioning Committee. CARRIED
MOVED Konsmo/Cowley: That we place a quarter-page ad in the newspaper, explaining the union reasons for withdrawal and our position on the issue. CARRIED
ii) LR Position: Notice of resignation from LR (Marty Bowles); Gabriel Bureau appointed by Executive until election at next general meeting; our constitution requires notice of motion at this General Meeting and official election at the next (probably February).
iii) Elections of AGM Delegates (elect 2 plus alternate, president and LR go as well): MOVED V. Delorme/E. Braid: That D. Konsmo and M. Cavin be selected as scrutineers. CARRIED ELECTED: Andrew Braid, Gabriel Bureau, alt. Mae Jon-Bowles
MOVED Bowles/E.Braid: That the ballots be destroyed. CARRIED
iv) BCTF Action Plan for Teaching and Learning Update. There is money available for our local to take further action about FSAs and other concerns, if we are interested.
v) Endorsement of Candidate for Member-at-Large of BCTF – MOVED Bowles/Konsmo: That we endorse Michelle Davies as a candidate for Member-at-Large of the BCTF Executive, being elected at this year’s AGM. CARRIED MOVED Bowles/Konsmo: That the PRDTU contribute $500 toward Michelle Davies’ campaign. CARRIED MOVED Bowles/Jong-Bowless: That the PRDTU donate $200 toward the cost of “Fantasy Island” hospitality suite at this year’s AGM. CARRIED



9. ADJOURNMENT – MOVED Bowles at 2:15