Monthly Archives: January 2016

Supreme Court

Good Morning friends,

It was wonderful news that we received this morning that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted us leave to appeal the BC Court of Appeal decision regarding the unconstitutional stripping of our collective agreements by the BC Liberals in 2002 and again in 2012.

This will allow us to continue to fight for our classroom working/learning conditions.  After 14 years of degraded conditions, chronic underfunding of our public education system, and mean spirited legislation designed to demoralize teachers and devalue the work we do, now more than ever do we need the courts to recognize that governments/employers cannot simply run roughshod over the rights of workers – especially when those rights are freely bargained for and protected under the Charter of Rights.

Our in-house legal staff, together with our partners at Victory Square Law, will have one final kick at the can.  Given our two previous court wins in this case (compared to one loss) I have every hope that justice will prevail and we will be victorious.  I know that is the hope of us all.

Stay positive.  Kevin and/or I will report more to you after the Rep Assembly at the end of the month.


Shawn Gough
Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association
Local President

Violence Against BC Teachers Survey – Reminder

BCTF/SFU Violence Against BC teachers survey

In December 2015 you may have received a survey from Simon Fraser University and the BCTF inviting you to complete a survey on your experiences of workplace violence and bullying during your career as a teacher. If you did complete this survey, thank you.  If you did not but still wish to participate, please read the information below and click on the link to access the survey before January 25.

Information from this survey will be used to help estimate the incident rate of violence against teachers and to identify steps that can be taken to prevent incidents of violence and aggression and deal with incidents if they occur. Participation is entirely voluntary and all information you provide will remain confidential.
If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a 30 minute survey. This survey can be accessed by visiting the link below and can be completed from any location using a computer connected to the Internet.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.