Welcome back to another school year! We hope you have all had a restful and relaxing summer and are re-energized for the year ahead. Over the summer there have been a few developments that we wish to share with you. Firstly, after months of negotiations involving an arbitrator, the CTA and the District signed a…

Welcome back to school everyone! My name is Lindsay Hurley and I am the Chairperson for the Social Justice Committee in Chilliwack. The CTA Social Justice Committee wants your ideas on action to affect change for the Social Justice issues affecting our community. Whether you’re passionate about climate change, economic justice, status of women, LGBTQ2S+,…

The use of technology in our classrooms is now commonplace. However, it is important that teachers do NOT use their own personal devices in the course of their work at school. There are many reasons to not use your own devices including: the protection of your own information on your device; liability and privacy issues…

At the Spring meeting of the BCTF Representative Assembly, the following motion was passed: That the BCTF encourage locals/members to use unionized performance companies and/or living-wage rates when booking school performances or attending performances with school groups. There are many performing companies that do not pay their performers appropriately, so we wanted to bring this…

As the new school year begins, we wanted to bring your attention to a few upcoming Professional Development opportunities. October 25, 2019: The Dalai Lama Centre will be presenting The Art and Science of Calm. Information and registration details can be found at: dalailamacenter.org/heart-mind-2019. October 25, 2019: The Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association (THESA)…

A settlement agreement on the Calendar was reached after one day of arbitration. Part of the settlement agreement included meetings with the CTA and school district to find a way to include some of the D.22 days for Student Assessment/Evaluation and Parent/Teacher Consultation. The Local and the district have agreed to one full day for…

Please be sure to check the BCTF Member Portal for updates on Provincial Bargaining. On the Portal you will find information on proposals from the BCTF and BCPSEA as well as updates on progress at the bargaining table. Use your BCTF Member ID to access the portal. If you have not used the portal before,…

There is a Workers Compensation Review taking place! The BCFED Occupational Health and Safety Standing Committee Workers’ Compensation Advocacy Group needs feedback from workers. Workers can attend public hearings and/or complete a survey. Information for both can be found here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/workerscompensationreview/

Salary Grid We got a raise! May 1, 2019 saw teachers receive a 1% contractual increase and a 0.75% increase for the Economic Stability Dividend. Please check your pay stub to be sure it is accurate. Click on the icon below for a larger image of the salary grid.

As many of you will remember, in 2017 the district approved a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year which breached several clauses of our Collective Agreement. The Local filed a grievance and CTA President Ed Klettke attended an arbitration hearing at the end of February 2019. Both sides decided to work towards a settlement. Through…