Vancouver/Victoria – A tentative agreement under the B.C. government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate has been reached between the members of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).
The mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.
The tentative agreement covers just over 45,000 teachers represented by the BCTF who deliver education to students in the province’s 60 school districts.
Further details about the agreement will be available once the ratification processes for the teachers and the employer-members of BCPSEA have been completed.
In her statement, Teri Mooring, President of the Teachers Union:
After several days of marathon negotiation sessions this week, a tentative agreement between the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers’ Association has been reached. Our Executive Committee is recommending the deal to the membership. An email with more information is on its way to BCTF members now.
Our email system can take up to 3 hours to reach all 45,000 members, so please hold off on social media discussion to allow everyone time to get the information. We will begin working on much more detailed communications shortly. Those documents will be ready as soon as possible. Check your email and the portal for updates.
The tentative agreement will be voted on by the entire membership for ratification. Given the current circumstances with COVID19, our ratification vote will be different this time around and we are already working on what that will look like. We will provide detailed updates as we have them.
The ability to conclude an agreement in this complex and challenging round is built upon the support of members across the province, through actions that served to keep the pressure on the bargaining table, emails to elected representatives, #RedforBCED, rallies and public outreach. The engagement and solidarity of members ultimately led to this outcome.