For the Record No. 2019-05 BCPSEA Responses to BCTF and Local Teachers' Association Statements

September 06, 2019 More

For the Record No. 2019-04 BCPSEA Responses to BCTF and Local Teachers' Association Statements

September 06, 2019 More

@issue No. 2019-04 BCTF FSA Pamphlets and Messaging

September 05, 2019 More

Newslink Express 2019-04 Report: BCPSEA Board of Directors Meeting

July 12, 2019 More

Watch for our 2019-2020 schedule of courses coming soon!

Symposium 2019

The BCPSEA Symposium: Insight and Opportunities, Human Resources in Education will be held Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.

Program information and registration details for the Symposium will follow in the coming weeks.


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. 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 expires 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, which paves the way for local school districts and local support staff unions to engage in bargaining to finalize the local collective agreement (current agreements expire June 30, 2019). Inclusion of the PFA in the local collective agreement is voluntary on the part of the local school district and the local union and, if included and ratified as part of the local agreement, will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. MORE...