These are reports from our general meeting on Monday that were received after the agenda package was posted.
Here are the latest updates from the Prince George District Teachers’ Association.
World Teachers’ Day:
The PGDTA plans to celebrate World Teachers’ Day from 3:30PM-5:30PM on Tuesday Oct. 8 at the Hummus Bros.
We feel a social gathering is a great way to build relationships and recognize that the jobs we do each and every day is important.
We are building tomorrow and together we are better.
Here is some further information about this day!
World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemoratesteachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.
According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.
Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers’ Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.
Over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.
BCTF Court Case/Bargaining
The BCTF are wrapping up at the BC Supreme Court re: Bill 27/28 class size and composition. In 2011, the stripping of our collective agreement was deemed unconstitutional. We built our court case around the Bill 22 remedy This will be finalized in November. We are thinking that the decision may take place in the Spring. This could have a profound effect on Bargaining. Class Size and Composition are huge issues in our classrooms. Now that October is upon us, many teachers are identifying complex needs in their classrooms. Our class size and composition are our students learning conditions. It affects all of us. The latest word is that BCTF will be back at the Bargaining Table in October. Of course the 10 year deal has been mentioned like a broken record and we maintain, teachers do not want a 10 year deal. We are hoping the talks at the bargaining table will be reasonable, fair and fully funded.
Submitted by Tina Cousins
President of the PGDTA