The agreement was voted online over a three-day period, as current events prohibit teachers from meeting in local schools or district offices. 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. The agreement, negotiated with the help of a mediator, includes: the agreement includes more than 45,000 teachers, represented by the BCTF, who provide education to students in the province`s 60 school districts. The collective agreement between the British Columbia Teachers` Federation (BCTF), which represents public school teachers in the province, and BCPSEA (BCPSEA), which represents the 60 public teaching bodies, expired on June 30, 2019. Given the current budgetary climate — the large deficit of the BC government ($1.4 billion over the next two years) and comparisons with the incomes of average BC families, it is not long before teachers bc asked for more. Rather than bow to the demands of the BC Teachers Federation, Premier Christy Clark should ensure that the next collective agreement links teachers` salaries to performance. Considering that the income of average bc families has increased by only 0.8% on average over the past four years, following the recent recession. That is less than the rate of inflation. In other words, consumer prices have increased faster than the incomes of average BC families. In fact, many families feel worse today.
But not a BC teacher. They signed a generous collective agreement in 2006 that resulted in average wage increases of 2.5 per cent over five years (benefit supplement and overall increase of 16 per cent over the duration of the collective agreement). In addition, each teacher received a $4,000 signing bonus. After reaching the agreement, jinny Sims, then president of the BCTF, boasted of making “significant profits.” While average bc families had to cope during the recession, bc teachers thrived. And after all this, the BCTF will want even more when it renegotiates its contract. Here`s what the BCTF is currently asking for: According to the “employer” of teachers — the B.C. Public School Employers Association — it would cost BC taxpayers more than $2 billion to meet their demands. And that doesn`t include their full demand for pay.
And while the BC teachers` union continues to demand more, it refuses to consider a “wage system” that rewards teachers for effective teaching and encourages less successful teachers to improve their skills. These systems are common in both the public and private sectors.