The old agreement between the BCTF and the British Columbia Public School Employers` Association (BCPSEA) expired at the end of June, but the terms of the agreement remain in effect until the parties agree to a new one. Currently, approximately 300,000 public sector employees – 90% – are covered by preliminary or ratified agreements concluded as part of B.C`s mandate to negotiate sustainable services. Employers want to agree with the BCTF on standard workload rules across the province and give school districts the power to manage them. But the BCTF sees the proposal as a reminder of protection for school districts that already have stricter rules. The BCTF says it will send details of the agreement thursday night by email to its members. The two sides reached a tentative agreement at the end of March. Teachers were not in class because of the persistent coronavirus pandemic, but they were still working. Chell said the BCTF`s current proposal would increase the number of teachers in the province by 30 per cent, which is a far cry from the budget. Negotiated with the help of a mediator, the agreement includes that recruitment for the 2019/2020 school year has already been carried out under the old agreement, so that students and parents are not shaken by personnel changes, whether or not the parties reach a new agreement. But the longer the negotiations — they started in January — the more likely there is a work stoppage.
In early October, the British Columbia Teachers Federation said they had nearly 400 teachers. And when we approached at the end of November, not much changed. The following pay schedules reflect the increases in the six-year collective agreement (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019) between BCTF and BCPSEA [including the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD)], which were: September 1, 2014 – 2.0%; January 1, 2015 – 1.25%; May 1, 2016 – ESD – 0.45%; July 1, 2016 – 1.00%; May 1, 2017 – ESD – 0.35%; July 1, 2017 – 0.50%; May 1, 2018 – ESD 0.40 per cent – 1.00%; July 1, 2018 – 0.50%; May 1, 2019 – ESD – 0.75% – 1.00%. Ombudsman David Schaub presented his report and recommendations for a settlement of accounts between the British Columbia Schools` Association and the British Columbia Teachers` Federation to the parties on 1 November. The Ombudsman has made it clear that the details of the report remain confidential and has asked both sides to consult with him by the end of the day on Friday 8 November 2019 to determine whether their respective leaders would recommend to their members to approve the recommendations contained in his report. Last June, before the first round of mediation, a teachers` strike seemed unlikely, with the BCTF expressing confidence in the prospect of an agreement on mediation. „The B.C. Public School Employers Association has proposed wage increases of two per cent per year for a period of three years, based on what other public sector employees have accepted, but the teachers` union has refused the increase,“ says a Global News article. B.C teachers and the provincial authority that employs them are scrambling this week and next in eight days of mediation in the hope of reaching an agreement on their contract expiring before the start of the new school year.
Most B.C teachers. They will be back at work on Monday, albeit from home, trying to see how learning can continue to work amid the social demands of the COVID 19 pandemic. An interim agreement has been reached with the 45,000 teachers in British Columbia`s public schools. After the vote, the new collective agreement was adopted by teachers by a margin of 98 per cent. In a tweet from the B.C. Teachers` Association (BCTF), it is stated that the Board of Directors recommends accepting the agreement.