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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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

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.

IEP Letter

  Letters for Teachers with More than 3 Designated Students
A motion was passed at the most recent executive meeting to develop and distribute a letter to teachers to aid them in communicating with parents regarding students with special needs (Please find the attached.)  Teachers in some schools have been directed not to use the letter during meetings, and I am currently discussing this issue with the board office.  The letters may be used outside of these meetings, and some teachers are choosing to simply mail them out.  For a copy of the letter or information regarding this topic, talk to your staff rep. or phone Joanna. 

Leave Forms

The new leave forms that the Board Office is requiring employees to use were designed to be as general as possible.  They are to cover all employees in the district, not just teachers.  Therefore, there are items that may or may not be applicable to us, and many of our leaves are not present on the form. The “details” section is specifically there to deal with leaves not listed.  If you are taking a leave that is in our contract, but not listed on the form you would tick the “other” box, and then fill out the clause number. Each site has also been provided with a quick reference to the leaves available to us and the corresponding clause numbers in the contract.  The “details” section is not to share the details of your illness or other matters you deem private.  Requests for further information must follow the clauses below: 

G1.10 Teachers may be required to provide an acceptable medical certificate in relation to any absence due to illness.  Any teacher required to provide such a certificate will be notified in advance, and such notification shall not be given unreasonably G1.11  Notwithstanding paragraph G1.10, a medical certificate may be required for an illness extending beyond three days. 

Supervisors signatures are as required.  They are not required for sick leave.   A regular sick day requires nothing more than your name, and a check beside the G1 box. 

Start of the Year Checklist

1)      Check to make sure you are on:

Automatic deduction for College of Teachers or that you have paid the College directly by June 30 for the next school year.

You are correctly on either ten or twelve month pay periods.  You may need to do paperwork on this.  Please keep a copy for your files.

All the amounts, (pay and deductions,) are correct on your pay cheque.  Do this for every pay cheque.  The amounts deducted will change during the year.

2)      Make sure you are receiving the correct amount of Prep. time.

3)      If you are on partial leave, then calculate your days missed due to statutory holidays and plan when you will have those days made up during the school year.

4)      Make an appointment to check your file at the Board Office, to clean out any information that has expired or should not be there.  Also check to make sure material is up to date on your resume etc.

5)      Plan to attend a Harassment Training workshop.

6)      You have read the information from the BCTF about class size/composition.

7)      Do not speak with an administrator about your class size and composition without Union representation.

8)      Your class size and composition are what you agreed to – copy for your records and to the Union Office.

9)      Proper supports are in place.

10)  Do not sign anything that says you will do more than you are sure you can do.  i.e. Only sign off on the number of IEP’s you know you can do.  Probably 3 or less.

11)  Plan to attend a Retirement Conference.  Find out where one is being held or when one will be in Prince Rupert.  The sooner you plan for your retirement the better, but especially if you plan to retire within 5 years.

12)  If you are at factor 88, (your years of experience plus your age equal 88,) you will probably want to withdraw from SIP.  Get the form from the Board Office and fill it out.

13)  Make sure your Seniority is correct when it comes out for the new school year.

14)  Make sure you know who your Staff Rep. is, and who fills your other Union positions.  You may want to sign on to a position yourself.

15)  Sign up for the Union email List Serve, so you can keep up with what is going on – locally and provincially.  Email me at

lp52@bctf.ca to be included.

16)  Find out when the first General Meeting is to be held and plan to attend.

17)  Make sure you know how to locate a copy of your contract.