20 Apr Bctf Collective Agreement 2019
The British Columbia Teachers` Federation (BCTF) 2019 Collective Agreement: What You Need to Know
The BCTF recently reached a new collective agreement for 2019 with the British Columbia government. This agreement is a significant win for teachers in BC, providing them with improved working conditions and compensation.
One of the most significant changes within the agreement is an increase in salary for teachers. The new agreement includes a 2% wage increase effective July 1, 2019, followed by another 2% increase effective February 1, 2020. As well, teachers will receive a one-time payment of $1,200 to address past grievances and a lump sum payment for any outstanding salary differential to January 1, 2014.
Teachers can also expect to see changes in their working conditions. The agreement includes a new teaching load formula, which will result in a reduction of workload for many teachers. Additionally, there will be more time dedicated to professional development and teachers will have greater access to on-call teachers and preparation time.
The new collective agreement also addresses classroom size and composition, which has been a controversial issue in BC. The agreement includes a $58 million investment to support classroom resources and hiring additional teachers to address class size and composition.
Another significant change is the increase in benefits for teachers. The new agreement includes an increase in extended health benefits for prescription drugs, paramedical services, and vision care.
In conclusion, the new BCTF collective agreement for 2019 is a significant win for teachers in BC. The increase in salary, improved working conditions, and increased benefits will provide much-needed relief for many teachers who have been struggling with workload and compensation. This agreement shows that the government is committed to supporting teachers in BC and recognizing the important work that they do.