Decisions of Fall Representative Assembly

Decisions of the
Fall 2007 Representative Assembly

Collective Bargaining Defence Fund – CUPE
That the BCTF donation of $82,000 to the three striking CUPE locals in Vancouver be a charge to the Collection Bargaining Defence Fund.
Contingency Fund – Sooke
That costs related to the Sooke support demonstration be a charge to the Contingency Fund.
Reducing the Environmental Footprint
That the following motion be referred to the Executive Committee for report back to the Spring RA.
That BCTF investigate immediately ways in which it can significantly reduce its environmental footprint. Specifically, to change its policy of sending the pocket calendar (cost $19,000) and Teacher magazine ($171,000) as one-per-member and send these items on trial basis on a one per three members for one year. To begin effective January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2009.
Procedure 10.J.10-3
That the following be added to BCTF Procedure 10.J.10-3:
3(p)   That locals unable to schedule SURT training during instructional time within the school year may provide such training during non-instructional time.
3(q)   That members attending SURT training referred to in 10.J.10-3(p) can be compensated with time-in-lieu equivalent to time spent in training.
Mid Contract Modification
That locals be encouraged to negotiate, as a mid contract modification, a clause to support green lateral exchange/transfer between districts.
That there be established a link on the BCTF web site to facilitate carpooling, both to BCTF events, meetings, and generally among teachers.
Langley Special Education Review
That the BCTF provide up to an additional $15,000 in order for the Langley Teachers’ Association to successfully complete their Special Needs Inquiry, and that this be a charge to the Contingency Fund.
Bill 33
That the BCTF inform parents, boards of education, partner groups, and the public about the inability of Bill 33 to provide any genuine assistance for class composition issues.
Adult Educators
That the BCTF work with the BC College of Teachers to develop an Adult Educators’ Teaching Certificate.
TOC Costs
That the following motion be referred to the Executive Committee with report back to the Winter RA:
That the BCTF cover TOC costs when necessary for a local to send delegates and local representatives to the BCTF AGM.
1.   That the BCTF work with locals to collect from all teachers, signed Statements of Principled Assessment that express our professional belief in fair, effective, and reliable evaluation and our opposition to the Foundation Skills Assessment, district mandated assessment, provincial exams, and the proliferation of mandated standardized tests.
2.   That the Representative Assembly adopt the Support for Teaching and Learning Action Plan in principle.
3.   That the Executive Committee be granted the power to act to amend the Support for Teaching and Learning Action Plan as necessary to achieve Federation goals related to the plan.
That the Employment Equity for Aboriginal Teachers Plan be adopted.
To support members in their day-to-day work with and for students by providing effective leadership and advocacy in support of public education and by involving members in the professional, economic, and social justice initiatives of the Federation.
The challenge to the organization and its members in 2007-08 will be to continue to build upon the foundation and improvements achieved in the previous year. The following priorities are an extension of that important work.
1.   Focus on Collective Agreement Implementation and Enforcement
a. Develop and implement strategies, including training and data collection (class size, class composition, non-enrolling ratios and caseloads), that support all forms of negotiations, including local negotiations, mid contract modifications, grievance resolution, and implementation of collective agreements and legislation.
b. Develop an electronic system of consistent grievance record management and processes that will support timely and co-ordinated grievance handling.
c. Continue to build and advance the public case for inclusion in the collective agreement of all class-size, class-composition, and other working conditions matters.
d. Develop an ongoing campaign to promote full, free local bargaining.
e. Support locals in using existing legislation to help ensure adequate learning environments.
f.    Begin to build a public campaign for a fair and reasonable salary increase leading up to our next round of bargaining.
2.   Focus on Education Underfunding and Privatization
a.            Promote a funding formula that addresses issues of education quality, teacher workload, and the creeping privatization of education, and is based on the principles of equity of access and the critical value of publicly funded public education to society.
b.   Assess the cost of the implementation of BCeSIS and its impact on teacher workload and related matters.
c. Support locals in analyzing school district budgets, in resisting school closures, and in opposing cuts in services for students.
d.   Press government to fully fund all new government legislative initiatives and school program changes, including funding districts for resources losses from school fees and fully funding the implementation of Bill 33.
e.   Defend the current system of democratic community-based school governance.
f.    Ensure consistent delivery of services to all students every day of the school year.
g.   Begin a public campaign to end government funding of independent schools.
3.   Focus on Professional Autonomy and Professional Issues
a. Promote the “BCTF Statement of Professional Rights and Autonomy” which articulates the professional autonomy rights of teachers to have authority over their practice and professional development.
b.   Engage members in implementing the Federation’s Rethinking Accountability plan that challenges the government’s bureaucratic accountability scheme that emphasizes inappropriate testing, ranking, and narrow achievement measures.
c.   Provide leadership for the development of programs that assert the central role of teachers in student learning, such as Program for Quality Teaching, Peer Support, and mentorship programs.
d.   Engage members in discussions about pedagogy, professional practice, and their professional development needs.
e. Challenge government initiatives that expand the mandate of local school boards and diminish their capacity to focus on K-12 education, undermine the integration of students, and reduce access to neighbourhood schools.
f. Implement strategies that pressure government to consult with teachers, through their democratic structures, about education policy changes.
g.   Resist any attempt by government to introduce merit pay for teachers.
h.  Oppose Professional Learning Communities models that are contrived or coerced.
i.    Assess the impact of distributed learning on teachers’ work and student success.
4.   Focus on Social Justice
a. Implement decisions of the Annual General Meeting that result from the Social Justice review.
b.   Analyze and publicize the actions of governments, federal and provincial, in respect to social justice issues.
c. Develop and act on strategies that focus on increasing the success of Aboriginal students in public schools.
d.   Initiate work with members and other unions on environmental issues, including the impact of climate change on future global sustainability.
5.   Focus on Teacher Well-Being and Union Renewal
a.   Engage in a consultation with members about the future of their pension plan.
b.   Develop strategies to engage new members in the work of the union, locally and provincially.
c.   Seek government funding to develop province-wide teacher mentoring programs in each local/district.
d.   Promote the well-being of members by developing strategies that reduce the overall demands upon teachers while respecting their right to professional autonomy.
Education Funding
1.   That the BCTF demand that the Ministry of Education reverse its decision to eliminate the .5 base funding for each secondary student in Grades 10, 11, and 12.
2.   That the BCTF work with other education stakeholders to get the Ministry of Education to reverse its decision to cut funding for secondary students.
3.   That locals be encouraged to work with trustees and other local stakeholders to call on the Ministry of Education to reverse its decision to cut funding for secondary students.
4.   That locals be encouraged to lobby their MLAs to support the call for reversing the Ministry of Education decision to cut funding for secondary students.
AGM Recommendation 17
1.   That the BCTF calls on the BC government to place the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement before the legislature for debate and action rather than proceeding with the significant changes in BC that have been secretly negotiated by the BC and Alberta governments without legislative authority.
2.   The BCTF opposes the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) between Alberta and British Columbia.
Procedure 27.36 – Teachers’ Congress
That procedure 27.36 be amended by deleting #2.
Procedure 25.D.38 – Members of the RA
That procedure 25.D.38 be amended by deleting “duly accredited LRs” and replacing the phrase with “members of the Representative Assembly.”
Policy 9.A.19.10 – Provincial Exams
That policy 9.A.19.10 be amended to read: “That the BCTF’s long-term objective continue to be the elimination of provincial examinations in BC public schools.”
The following were elected to the Judicial Council:
Andre Cote (Nicola Valley), Michelle Davies (Central Okanagan), and Cliff Schwsartz (Central Okanagan).
The following were elected to the RA Agenda Committee:
Grace Hoover (Burnaby), Viva Moodley (Greater Victoria), and Paul Steer (Delta).
Michelle Davies (Prince Rupert) was elected to the BC Federation of Labour Executive Council.

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