May 28, 2012
The Honourable Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia
PO Box 9041 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Dear Premier Clark:
The Representative Assembly of the BCTF has authorized me to call on you to meet in direct discussions in an effort to reach a resolution to this protracted round of bargaining.
In the past, legislation to impose terms and conditions on teachers’ employment has damaged working conditions and collegial relationships in schools across the province. If this process were to be repeated, it would do nothing more than to increase tensions and further exacerbate the efforts of teachers and administrators to continue to deliver the world class educational experiences that students need and parents have come to expect.
Clearly it is in the best interests of all parties to avoid the potential damage to public education in our province that a long and festering dispute would do.
The issues of class size and composition, salaries, benefits, hours of work, specialist teacher ratios, and caseloads are of the utmost importance to our members. Our members also believe we must find, in a new bargaining structure, a solution to the dysfunction of the current bargaining relationship.
We are asking you to meet with us directly to take the first steps together in restoring fairness and effectiveness to teacher bargaining in British Columbia.