What is the role of the Surrey Teachers’ Association?
The Surrey Teachers’ Association/BCTF is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for:
Teachers, School Psychologists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Teachers-On-Call, Adult Educators, Summer School Teachers, District Behavior Specials and District Social Workers.
What organizations are the STA/BCTF affiliated with?
What are the STA/BCTF’s primary responsibilities?
- Negotiate and enforce the contract.
- Represent the membership in all matters related to work.
- Answer job-related questions and assist in any job-related matter.
- Promote public education.
- Promote the growth of our profession.
- Work politically to elect pro-public education, pro-union candidates.
- Work with the community to insure our schools are as good as they can be.
How do I get in contact with the STA?
Email individual officers and staff.
What else does the STA do?
- We give out scholarships to Surrey students & dependents of STA members.
- We host a variety of social get-togethers, at the beginning, middle, and end of year including a conference for new teachers and a celebration dinner for retiring teachers.
- We host a Dinner Speaker Series throughout the school year.
- We support social justice initiatives such as the BC Federation of Labour – Whalley Christmas Dinner, an International Solidarity project in Honduras, Protein for People http://www.proteinproject.ca/, the Surrey Food Bank and an Annual Girls Conference.
How does the Union communicate with you?
- Membership memos.
- STA e-Bulletin.
- Monthly union newspaper.
Sign-up to receive our newsletter.
What is the leadership structure of the STA?
- 1st Vice-President
- 2nd Vice-President
- Grievance Officer (2-year term)
- Grievance Officer (2-year term)
- Health & Safety Officer (2-year term)
- Professional Issues Officer
Our Executive Committee has 18 members including the seven full-time table officers and:
- 6 Local Representatives to the BCTF
- 3 Members-at-Large
- 1 Secretary/Treasurer
- 1 Teacher Teaching-on-Call Representative
How can I get involved in the union?
Perhaps you can start by attending a membership meeting (see below), or joining a committee. Some members write articles for the Examiner, or become staff representatives. We are always interested in involving new activists. Please feel free to stop by or call one of us and we can discuss your interests.
When does the STA meet?
The regular STA Rep Assembly meetings/General Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM. Meetings generally last for 2 hours and are held at the Conference Center. Childcare is provided. Please check the calendar to confirm the date and location of these meetings.
I have a question about the contract, my rights, or the like. Whom do I call?
Before you call, ask your staff representative. He or she represents the union in your school and has generally had experience in many of the matters that affect each of us. If you still need help, there are seven of us you can call.
If you have a question about Health & Safety, job shares, or recall contact the Health & Safety Grievance Officer (Kristine Olsen) at 604-592-8391.
If you have a question about professional development, the mentorship program, or peer support contact the Professional Issues Officer (Anne McNamee) at 604-594-5353.
Questions about outstanding grievances, contract questions or interpretation should be directed to the Grievance Officers (Joanna Cerazy) at 604-594-8588 (or Sue Heuman) at 604-592-8397.
If you have questions about pensions, TTOC issues, mediation or political actions contact the First Vice President (Laura Barker) at 604-592-8395.
If you have questions about being a staff representative, being an AGM delegate or upgrading a TQS category, contact the Second Vice President (Matt Westphal) at 604-592-8392.
If you have any other questions, please call the President (Gioia Breda) at 604-592-8398.
Although each of us has individual responsibilities, we all routinely pinch hit for each other and are reasonably familiar with all aspects of the union’s work. In other words, if you need an immediate answer, we ought to be to help you right away even if the appropriate person is not in the office at that time. In any case, leave a message or email one of us and you will get a quick return call.