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1,000 New Teachers Just a ‘First Step’ says BCTF

Thursday, January 5, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Prince George, B.C. – It’s going to take a lot more than about 1,000 new teachers to satisfy the BCTF.

That’s what president Glen Hansman suggested during a news conference today where he commented on a $50 million memorandum of agreement between the province and the teachers’ union (see previous story here).

BCTF president Glen Hansman addressing Thursday's deal between the provincial government and the BCTF

BCTF president Glen Hansman addressing Thursday’s deal between the provincial government and the BCTF

He’s touted the agreement – which will provide immediate and new funding to create 1,000-1,100 teacher full-time equivalents for the balance of this school year – as just the first step on the road to a final deal.

“As for what’s next, we will now move to focus on our most important goal and that’s the full implementation of the pre-2002 collective agreement language that the Supreme Court of Canada restored in November 2016,” said Hansman.

“While the new funding announced today is badly needed and will help many teachers and students, the government will have to provide significantly more funding to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling.”

He didn’t put a dollar value on how much the BCTF is expecting it will take to satisfy their demands but noted time is of the essence.

“The BCTF’s goal is to ensure that these talks are not long or drawn out and that all boards of education, schools, teachers, students and parents have certainty about how and when the language will be restored,” said Hansman.

“It’s important for parents and the public to understand how our restored contract language will make a difference for kids. The language guarantees support for students with special needs and manageable class sizes for all.”

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier also acknowledged today’s agreement is but a “first step.”

“This is the first step towards a final agreement but we did not want to wait,” he said. “This is a complex issue with complex wording and more discussion needs to take place.”

He said it’s too soon to say when a final deal will be reached other than to say “It will be the result of more negotiating.”

But in the short term, Hansman noted decisions on how and when the preliminary $50 million will be spent will be decided at the local level.

“The allocation of this net funding at the school district level is to be jointly developed and decided through a district committee established by the superintendent and our local union president in that school district.”


Actually, the way I see it, the teachers are just encouraging the government to meet a genuine, bonafide, need in the BC labour market. The 2025 British Columbia Labour Market Outlook Report indicates the education sector as the only real bright spot in BC for growth and labour demand.

“The education sector will see some growth according to the report, with increased enrollment and retirements of teachers in the K-12 stream. The report predicts overall growth of 1.4% with 35, 487 job openings between now and 2025.”

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Let’s see, it is now 2017 so 2025 is only 8 years away, I would think 1,100 teacher jobs per year would not even come close to meeting present and future demand… but hey, this is only my distorted view of this situation, and the world. ;-)

“It’s going to take a lot more than about 1,000 new teachers to satisfy the BCTF.”
They will never be satisfied until they’re running the Education Ministry.

teachers should focus bit more on basic education rather than how much is in the pot. Its pathetic how a lot of these students spell and do math after they graduate

    Sorry, but the Gov’t has dictated they teach coding instead of basics. So, there it is, coding is what they will be teaching…. Ministry dictates how many days kids are in school, how many hours the kids are in class, and all the topics teachers have to cover during that specified time. It is therefore, the choice of the Gov’t to not focus on those basics.

    Parents play no part in their kids education apparently?

He didn’t put a dollar value on how much the BCTF is expecting it will take to satisfy their demands but noted time is of the essence.

Of course he would not put a dollar value on how much the BCTF is expecting because no amount will ever satisfy the greed of a union.

    You can thank unions for the lifestyle you enjoy.

      You are right dumbfounded, my lifestyle has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I always showed up for work on time, performed an honest days work for an honest days pay and did not spend the majority of my time at work moaning about working conditions, pay, job security, paid sick days, management, how my job sucks, etc…

      LMFAO Peter.

250-300M annually is what I heard on CBC.

Regardless of the consternation let’s not forget that the children are the winners . Special needs children in particular. With fewer children being born , you’d think its only logical to put more into what we have . Thanks bctf . Thanks mothers for providing us with the next generation . You have my sincerest gatitude and respect .

Excellent level headed and sensible comments from missing Poppa, Dumbfounded @ 9:45PM, and Ataloss!

I wonder were all this money is coming from? Never mind, I’ll break out the lube…

And the Dippers start dipping because to much is never enough. Thanks bloated unions

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