To: All BCTF/ADTA Members
Re: LOU #17 VOTE
What has happened since the Supreme Court of Canada announced its decision? & How did we get to the March 3, 2017 Agreement-in-Committee?
Since our landmark win at the Supreme Court of Canada, the BCTF has been working to ensure our stripped CA language was restored as soon as possible and was in accordance with Letter of Understanding #17 (LOU #17) that was negotiated and ratified within the 2013–19 collective agreement. More information on LOU #17 can be found in the attached document.
Meetings with the BC Public School Employers’ Association and government representatives began in early December and continued throughout January and February. LOU #17 required the parties to reach agreement “regarding implementation and/or changes to the restored language.”
On January 4, 2017, the two sides reached a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in principle to address priority measures as a first step while discussions continued regarding full scope restoration of the 2002 language. This was the money your school received at the end of January.
On March 3, 2017, the two sides reached a final Agreement-in-Committee (AIC) that was subsequently endorsed unanimously by the BCTF Executive Committee on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The AIC achieves full implementation, if ratified, of all the substantive collective agreement language that was restored following our win at the Supreme Court of Canada.
As per a decision made at the Federation’s January Representative Assembly, the AIC is being put to the full membership for a ratification vote.
LOU #17 Voting will be conducted at the ADTA Hall only
This vote will take place for all Members on
Wednesday March 8th and Thursday March 9th
from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM each day
Advance voting will be offered on Tuesday March 7, 2017 from 8:30am to 4:30pm for members who will not be able to vote in the local during the voting period
For further information please review the attached documents, access the BCTF Members’ Portal, and/or contact the ADTA.
Questions & Answers on Restored Language
Struck Language - updated March 2017
Agreement in Committee