As the accredited bargaining agent for the province’s 60 public boards of education, BCPSEA negotiates provincially with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (the teachers' union) for a provincial teachers' collective agreement, and coordinates local bargaining between boards of education and their local teachers' associations.
Teacher Collective Bargaining
The 2006 round of collective bargaining with teachers concluded with the first negotiated provincial collective agreement between BCPSEA and the BCTF.
The Provincial Collective Agreement (PCA) between the BC Public School Employers’ Association and the BC Teachers’ Federation is in effect from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2011.
Collective Agreement Administration
BCPSEA provides advice and assistance with interpretation and application of the provisions of the provincial and local collective agreements, including grievance/arbitration case management.
Emergent bulletins are distributed to all school districts as issues arise. Some are more reference based for practitioners, others more time sensitive for both trustees and district staff.
BCPSEA supports health, safety and wellness in public school districts by providing advice and resources to assist school district staff with interpretation and application of relevant legislation and related WorkSafeBC policy and practice.
Benefits Buying Group
The Benefits Buying Group is a BCPSEA initiative that optimizes benefit costs by combining the purchasing power of school districts while maintaining districts’ individualized benefit provisions and local accountability for benefits usage.