LRB ruling made over teacher withdrawal of services

The Labour Relations Board (LRB) today issued a one-page “bottom-line” decision (with reasons if the parties so request) with respect to the application filed by BCPSEA on May 9 for a declaration that the BCTF and its members have declared or authorized or are engaging in an illegal strike, contrary to the Labour Relations Code and the Education Improvement Act.

The LRB found as follows:

  • The union declared an unlawful strike by directing/authorizing its members to withdraw from activities which, although they occur outside of instructional hours, may nonetheless be part of their work duties, including participating in school-based team meetings, Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, parent–teacher interview meetings, district committee meetings and BC Ministry of Education initiatives such as Ready, Set, Go and kindergarten orientation.
  • The BCTF is directed to cease and desist from declaring or authorizing an unlawful strike in this manner.


  • The union did not declare an unlawful strike by directing its members to refrain from participating in activities which occur outside of class time/instructional hours that are truly voluntary and extracurricular such as coaching, instructing or supervising student performances, sports teams, clubs or field trips or attending graduation or awards ceremonies, where those activities are not related to a course or undertaken for marks OR from directing its members to minimally participate in meetings with “Administrative Officers”


For more information and background, please see:

June 2012 Minutes

DPAC Minutes June 2012



7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre



DPAC Executive:               Don Sabo (Chair), Gillian Burnett (Recorder), Steve Shannon, Sarah Holland, Darlene Campbell

Partner Groups:               Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Matt Pearce and Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lorraine Prouse, CUPE

School Reps:                      Darlene Campbell, Aboriginal Choice; Colleen Smith, Beaverly; Jaqueline Dockray, Ecole College Heights; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Steve Shannon, Hart Highlands; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois; Gillian Burnett, Nukko Lake; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS and Pineview; Don Sabo, Pinewood; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland


1.      Adoption of Agenda

Motion to accept agenda – Lac des Bois

Seconded by – College Heights


2.               Adoption of May 7, 2012 Minutes

Motion to accept minutes – Aboriginal Choice

Seconded by – Quinson

3.               PAC Networking

First order of business.  Chair calls for nominees for Director-at-Large.  Jacqueline Dockray accepts and is elected by acclamation.  Chair calls for nominees for Secretary, hearing none this position remains vacant.

PACs are busy with yearend plans, graduations, Sport’s Day and elections (for some).

Presentation was made to Michelle Rolfes and Chris Finke for all the work they have done on behalf of DPAC as past executive officers.

  1. 4.                Reports

(a)                DPAC Chair Report – see attached.

(b)               Treasurer’s Report – see attached.  Chris Finke prepared this for us because the materials have not yet transferred to Gillian Burnett.

(c)           Superintendent Report – Expressed thanks to DPAC and all PACs for all we do to support education in the district.  Cindy Heitman and Lisa Carson gave a presentation on the Proposals to Utilize Appropriated Surplus to Improve Student Learning and Increase Teacher Capacity (report attached).  The Board is looking for feedback from all interested individuals or parties.  Superintendent Pepper expressed interest in discussing Strategic Planning with Partners and Stakeholders.

(d)          Trustee Report – see attached.

(e)         PGDTA Report – June is often a hard time to get students to focus on learning.  Labour Relations news:  LRB hearings over next 2 weeks.  Protest action against Bill 22 has been deemed an illegal strike.  Mediation is on-going, but BCTF seeking Dr. Jago’s removal.

(f)           PGPVPA Report –Not in attendance.

(g)          CUPE Report – Provided information concerning this year`s bumping, only 18 bumps this year.  Still have members on leave.  Members were hopeful that new positions would be available as a result of the Education Improvement Fund, but no new positions, rather increased time for existing positions.  May 24th submitted intent to return to the Provincial and Local bargaining tables.  Looking for a common front from all public employer unions.

(h)          DSAC Report – Not in attendance


5.               Committee Reports

(a)               EPPC Committee Report – DPAC did not have a representative present at the last meeting.

(b)               Education Services Committee Report –see attached.

(c)                Policy/Governance Committee Report – DPAC has not been invited to a meeting.  Sarah Holland has written a letter regarding Bylaw 1 for review by the membership.

MOTION – by Heather Park

That DPAC send a letter requesting that partner groups be members of standing committees.

Discussion concerning the difference between being invited to attend and having privileges of

membership.  Seat at the table not enough, we need a voice too.



6.               Announcements/New Business

(a)                Discussion on DPAC Budget Recommendatins and Motions to Accept Report – Recorder reviewed past minutes and the report is already accepted, but the recommendations have not been addressed.  First recommendation:

MOTION – by Pineview

That DPAC hold a PAC parent workshop in tOctober/November 2012.

Discussion regarding the timing and the need for a budget.

AMENDMENT – College Heights

That DPAC hold a PAC parent workshop in the 2012/2013 school year with a budget of $2500.


Discussion regarding the establishment of a committee to organize the PAC parent workshop.  Called for volunteers.

Gillian Burnett, Dennis Fudge, Darlene Campbell and Sarah Holland will sit on this committee.

Second recommendationThat DPAC create two $500 bursaries.  Lots of discussion, but no decision.  This recommendation will be tabled until our September meeting and members are to gather more information.

Gillian Burnett and Don Sabo have been added as members of this committee and the committee is to revisit the funding grants for PACs.


(b)         Motion to change signing authority, remove Chric Finke add Steve Shannon & Gillian Burnett

MOTION – by College Heights

To remove Chris Finke as signing authority on the DPAC bank accounts.


MOTION – by College Heights

To add Stephen Shannon and Gillian Burnett as signing authority on the DPAC bank accounts.


(c)           June 16th Food Safe- 8 seats filled, 12 seats still available.  Course will be 8 hours long and the $17 covers the cost of the booklet and the certificate.

(d)          BCCPAC Conference Report – see attached

(e)          Report on Curriculum Assessment – see attached.  Noted that although SD57 teachers did not partake, there were teachers from other districts in attendance.



7.               Agenda items for next meeting

Nothing at this time. 

8.               Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

DPAC Minutes June 2012

DPAC Submission to Policy and Governance Board Committee

As voted on at our June DPAC meeting, our submission to Policy and Governance:

2012 june 5 DPAC letter re partner groups and committees

June 5, 2012


Board of Education – Prince George School District

Attention: Tim Bennett, Chair of Policy and Governance Committee

2100 Ferry Avenue

Prince George, BC  V2L 4R5


Dear Mr. Bennett,

Re:     Partner Groups and Committees

The Prince George District Parent Advisory Council would like to provide some input to the Policy and Governance Committee regarding Bylaw 1, specifically with the area of committees of the board.

Currently, partner group representatives are invited to attend some of the committee meetings. These representatives are not members of the committees, and have no rights in these meetings other than those granted by the chair of each committee. While partner groups may request that items be placed on the agenda of each committee, this ability is shared by all members of the community according to bylaw 1, and the committees are not required to place any items on their agendas.

We would like to suggest that the partner group representatives be made full members of the committees. As full members, they would have the right to vote, make motions, and speak during committee meetings.

While it is valuable for the partner groups to be able to know what happens in committee meetings, it is equally valuable for the school district to have full and meaningful input from their partner groups.

Yours truly,

District Parent Advisory Council No. 57 (Prince George)

Don Sabo

Foodsafe for PAC Volunteers – spaces still available!

DPAC is hosting a FoodSafe course for PAC volunteers on Saturday, June 16th, at the Van Bien Training Centre. The course will be run by ABC FoodSafe, and a book and certificate will be provided for each participant.

Class runs from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COST: $17  (to cover the book and certificate cost – DPAC is funding the course itself)

Lunch break is from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


Surplus Budget Proposal – School District

From the School District website:

Opportunity for Input – Proposals to Utilize Unappropriated Surplus to Improve Student Learning and Increase Teacher Capacity

At the May Public Board Meeting, Management and Finance Committee brought forward a proposal to utilize a $650 000. of the $2.9 million unappropriated surplus to improve student learning and increase teacher capacity.

Unappropriated surplus refers to dollars unspent and available for an unspecified purpose at the end of a budget year. Unappropriated surplus dollars is “one time money” which means it is unsustainable (not dollars that renew or refresh each budget year). This money was generated by the funding of the students currently in the school system. The belief is that the benefit of these dollars should go to the students in the system that generated them.

The proposal to utilize $650 000. during the 2012-2013 school year will provide teacher release to facilitate learning teams but will also provide direct teacher and educational assistant support for students and teachers to best meet the needs of students in our classrooms. This is the first year of a three year plan to utilize the unappropriated surplus to maximize learning impact: it is anticipated that these endeavours will pay dividends in building teacher capacity, improving student performance and maintaining or increasing student enrolment. It is intended that at the end of the three year period these initiatives will be self sustaining.

Your feedback for the attached document, Unappropriated Surplus Proposals, is welcomed. Please send your feedback to by Thursday, June 14, 2012. Your comments will be forwarded to the Management and Finance Committee and Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George).  The proposals to utilize appropriated surplus to improve student learning and increase teacher capacity will be discussed at the June Public Board of Education Meeting.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Agenda – General Meeting June 4, 2012


7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

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A microphone and headphones or speakers will allow you to participate fully in the meeting.


1. Adoption of Agenda
2. Adoption of May 7, 2012 Minutes
3. PAC Networking
4. Reports
(a) DPAC Chair Report (Don Sabo)
(b) Treasurer’s Report (Chris Finke)
(c) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
(d) Trustee Report (Kate Cooke)
(e) PGDTA Report (Matt Pearce, Tina Cousins)
(f) PGPVPA Report (Faith Mackay)
(g) CUPE Report (Lorraine Prouse)
(h) DSAC Report (Jay Khatra)

(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)
5. Committee Reports
(a) EPPC Committee Report – Gillian Burnett (Alternate: Darlene Campbell)) *Consent Agenda Item
(b) Education Services Committee Report- Stephen Shannon (Sarah Holland) *Consent Agenda Item
(c) Policy/Governance Committee Report – Don Sabo (Alternate: Sarah Holland)

6. Announcements/New Business
(a) Discussion on DPAC Budget Recommendations and Motion to Accept Report
(b) Motion to change signing authority, remove Chris Finke add Steven Shannon & Gillian Burnett
(d) June 16th Food Safe (Gillian Burnett)
(e) BCCPAC Conference Report (Gillian, Sarah, Darlene)
(f) Report on Curriculum Assessment (Darlene) *Consent Agenda

7. Other Business
8. Agenda items for next meeting
9. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.
– Minutes of May 7, 2012 Meeting
– Chairperson Report *Consent Agenda Item
– Education Program and Planning Committee Report *Consent Agenda Item
– Education Services Committee *Consent Agenda Item
– Treasurer’s Report