Happy New Year! Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable winter break. On January 20, 2020, we sent an email to all members in regards to the 2020-2021 calendar. Unfortunately, we have not been able to come to an agreement on the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. On January 14, 2020,…

For this month’s Health and Safety memo, we would like to discuss two important items. First, the CTA released officers are aware of a number of serious violent incidents that have occurred. We continue to meet with members at various schools and have approached this topic at various levels including with the District Health and…

Could you be missing out on salary?  The Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) has made some changes in its policies. Please read carefully the information below to make sure you don’t miss out on salary. 1. Master’s or doctorate Degree Changes Who Should Apply? 1.    If you are in category five plus (5+) and hold a master’s or doctorate…

Effective May 1, 2019 an acceptable graduate degree no longer requires a capstone.  All other requirements of an acceptable graduate degree are still in place.  This change does not affect graduate degrees that contain an initial teacher education program.If you are currently in TQS category five plus with an acceptable master’s degree you MUST apply…

Members, when they are nearing retirement age, may apply to withdraw from the long term section of the plan.  They should ensure that they have enough sick leave accumulated in their sick bank to provide them with an income until retirement if they become ill or injured and are unable to work.  Application must be…

The Surrey Teachers’ Association is hosting the Cross Border Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This year’s focus is on Teachers rising for Climate Justice. http://crossborderconference.weebly.com/

School year:  A. The school year is defined in the collective agreement by article D.22.2 and this clause is often referred to as the bookends. “All days in session shall be scheduled between the Tuesday after Labour Day and the last Friday in June.” The maximum number of days in session can be determined by…

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.