December is the time for festive fun, Christmas concerts, and focusing on the positive things in our lives. This season can be difficult for some, so taking time to look at positives is very important. Here are some positives we have seen this year: We won in the Provincial Failure to Fill Arbitration, for the…

Our focus for the month of December is JOHS Committee Roles.       All sites have staff members who are a part of their Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. The role of the worker on the JOHS Committee is to identify situations that may be unhealthy or unsafe for workers and advise on effective systems for…

Are you a new teacher or within your first 5 years of teaching? The BCTF New Teacher’s Conference has workshops designed especially for you! The Richmond conference features Chilliwack’s own Saylesh Wesley as the keynote speaker.

Uncertainty appears to be the theme this year. We have been two and a half months without a Collective Agreement and have received a Mediator’s Report which holds true to government mandates and provides little for teachers and students. It is a fact that teachers’ working conditions are student learning conditions. We want what is…

A staff meeting can be called by your Administrator up to twelve times per year according to Article D.28 of the Collective Agreement. Staff meetings are not to last longer than one and one half hours (90 minutes). Teachers should have input into the agenda of staff meetings. In addition, CTA staff reps or designates…

Teacher prep time has been a bargaining issue in many rounds of local and provincial bargaining. This time is important for teachers as it is time within the work day we can use to plan and prepare for our classes and for individual student needs. Should you be asked to do other activities during this…

The Vancouver Canucks are having an Educators Appreciation Night on Wednesday, March 18. These tickets are available at a significant discount for teachers in the lower and upper bowl sections. Please do not post this link on social media as it is not password protected and they don’t want scalpers buying the tickets. Please click…

Non-Instructional Days Non-Instructional Days come in many forms and this can be confusing not only to the parents and the community but for teachers as well. Here is a breakdown of what Non-Instructional Days look like in Chilliwack: Professional Development – teacher directed, teacher chosen; there are five professional development days provided in our Collective…

For the month of November we are focusing on incident reporting and safety plans. The CTA Released Officers and the Health and Safety Chairperson are committed to ensuring safety at all worksites. We want to make members aware of the processes and steps needed to take when incidents happen. One way to do this is…