In February 2007, the province received Vince Ready`s final report on collective bargaining opportunities for teachers in BC. After the votes were put in, the new collective agreement was passed by teachers with a 98 percent lead. The agreement negotiated with the assistance of a mediator includes that, currently, approximately 300,000 public sector employees – 90% – are covered by preliminary or ratified agreements reached under B.C. Vince Ready, Commissioner for Industrial Investigations, was appointed in October 2005 to explore opportunities for collective bargaining between the B.C. Public School Employers` Association and the B.C. Teachers` Federation. This revision followed Commissioner Don Wright`s previous report on the teachers` collective bargaining system. In a press release, the BC government said members of the BC Public School Employers` Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers` Federation (BCTF) had ratified an agreement as part of the government`s negotiating mandate for sustainable services. The agreement includes more than 45,000 teachers represented by the BCTF, who provide education to students in the province`s 60 school districts. BCPSEA manages the three phases of the collective bargaining process between teachers and public schools (school district) – preparation, negotiation and implementation/administration. The agreement was voted on online over a three-day period, as current events prohibited teachers from meeting in schools or local district offices. The collective agreement between the British Columbia Teachers` Federation (BCTF), which represents teachers in the province`s public schools, and the BC Public School Employers` Association (BCPSEA), which represents the province`s 60 public education authorities, expired on June 30, 2019. The Ombudsman has now set meeting dates for the parties for 27 and 28 February 2020 and further meeting dates are set for March.
On November 1, Mediator David Schaub presented his report to the parties and recommended an agreement between the British Columbia Public School Employers` Association and the British Columbia Teachers` Federation. The Ombudsman gave clear instructions to keep the details of the report confidential and asked both sides to do so until the end of the day on Friday 8 November 2019, to indicate whether their respective leaders would recommend to their members to support the comparative recommendations contained in his report. BCPSEA and BCTF met with Mediator David Schaub on 10 and 11 December and discussed with the aim of identifying topics that the parties would discuss in the new year. The Ombudsman`s recommendations for comparison: At a glance The mandate focuses on improving services to people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation. As BCPSEA has not yet made progress at the table, BCPSEA asked the Ombudsman on 1 October to submit a report under section 74(5) of the Labour Relations Act concerning negotiations between BCPSEA and BCTF for a renewed provincial collective agreement. Instructions for members who register on the portal: Your BCTF member ID number is your login username. If you need help with the first registration or registration, please see our help guide portal If you need further assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-871-2119 or toll-free 1-800-663-9163 (local 2119). Voice, Accountability and Dialogue: Recommendations for an Improved Collective Bargaining System for Teacher Contracts in British Columbia Don Wright Report – December 2004 Members are informed in various ways of the progress of negotiations, from their local association on member communication, through information on the BCTF Member Portal and through BCTF Bargaining Bulletins.
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