At the close of the mediation session on Friday, August 30, the mediator advised the BCPSEA and BCTF bargaining teams that in his view there are too many outstanding proposals between the parties and further, that both sides have the right to negotiate resolution to those issues. The mediator therefore recommended that the mediation process should pause until September 23, at which time the parties will meet with him again to determine if a path forward can be identified. Learn More
BCPSEA, representing the province's 60 public boards of education, and the BC Teachers' Federation, representing BC's public school teachers, commenced collective bargaining for a renewed Provincial Collective Agreement (PCA) on February 19, 2019. The current PCA expired on June 30, 2019.
In an effort to move the parties toward meaningful and productive discussions, BCPSEA applied to the Labour Relations Board to appoint a mediator and the BCTF agreed to participate in mediation.
The parties met with the assistance of the mediator on five dates in July and will resume meeting on August 21 with further dates set for August 22, and 23, and the week of August 26.
The mediator requested - and BCPSEA is respecting - a media blackout while the mediation process is underway.
Unionized Support Staff
BCPSEA and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) K-12 Presidents' Council, along with representatives of the K-12 public education sector's other support staff unions, achieved a Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) in 2018... Learn More