It is inspiring to hear about all of the enriching activities our members have been organizing and participating in this week as we prepare for our second National Truth and Reconciliation Day tomorrow. Our BCTF president, Clint Johnston, sent out a message last week with resources and ideas for actions. Be sure to check out the Truth and Reconciliation resources available on the Indigenous Education page of the VSTA website . We would be honoured to share on the VSTA website photos taken by our members as part of these events. Please feel free to submit them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Election – Oct. 15
Don’t live in Vancouver? Want an idea on which candidates are pro-labour? Check out the Vancouver and District Labour Council endorsed candidates for local municipal elections (https://vdlc.ca/vdlc-endorses-municipal-candidates/ ). The Canadian Labour Congress provides a list of endorsed candidates for cities and municipalities throughout the province: https://bit.ly/3rmbQaF.
Decentering Whiteness Discussion Group
Next Session: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00-5:30 PM – Free and Online via Zoom
George Kanavos and Andrew Schofield are organizing The Decentering Whiteness Discussion Series, offered in association with UBC through the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre. This series will explore how colonial histories structure our racialized present to center whiteness. Each session will cover a different topic and refer to a number of resources as a means of exploring the topic. The last two sessions look towards a decentered future. https://elvlc.educ.ubc.ca/decentering-whiteness/
BAA Course Development Timeline
BAA review timeline for this year is the following:
- October BAA Committee reviews applications (submissions due 10:00 AM, Oct14)
- November Submissions back to schools for edits
- November Resubmission of applications that require changes/edits; second review
- January BAA Rec. for approval to Student Learning and Wellbeing Committee
- January Final approval by Board of Trustees
The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 14, at 10:00 AM (~3 weeks from now), with all submissions to be sent electronically via email to email@example.com. Follow these links for the most recent BAA Framework document (https://bit.ly/3rgGTF2) and BAA Course template (https://bit.ly/3ynQlun ). Please contact us in the office if you have any questions.
School Union Team Training
We will have our school union team training on October 19. Information will be provided to Staff Reps this week.
Terry, Carmen and Carl
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BCPSEA-BCTF Provincial Collective Agreement
VSB-VTF Collective Agreement
At this time the only available version of the new 2019-22 Collective Agreement is from BCPSEA. VSTA is currently in the process of melding our local language with the provincial collective agreement. We will make the melded version available ASAP.
Post-Jackson Class Report Instructions
BCTF Code of Ethics
VSTA Constitution & By-Laws
VSTA Policies & Procedures
VSTA Structure (poster)
Commitment to Solidarity
Quick Guide to Simplified Rules
Virtual Meeting Guidelines
VSTA Meeting Schedule 2022-23
VSTA Sponsored Meetings Policy
Roles & Handbooks
Five Simple Truths
Roles of the Executive Committee
VSTA Staff Committee Handbook
VSTA Staff Rep Reference Manual
VTF/VSB Professional Development Handbook
Refusal of Unsafe Work