Monday Memo – January 24, 2011

MEMO TO: Staff Reps

COPIES TO: STA Executive Committee

FROM: Denise Moffatt, President

Date: January 24, 2011

Semester 2 consultations secondary schools – Secondary School Staff Reps, directions are attached for the semester 2 consultation process. Please ensure that teachers have access to the consultation directions and forms. Release time is available for staff reps to assist with the process. Please contact our office if you need advice or support.

Bill 33 Information Request Granted – The STA and the School District requested arbitrator James Dorsey to assist us in resolving a dispute over access to the information provided to teachers during the consultation process. In instances where teachers disagreed with the class, we have been awarded access to the information. This information is crucial to processing our grievances as it outlines the educational program needs of the students in the class.

General Meeting
a) Location – Due to conference centre closure, the general meeting on January 26th, will be at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall, located at 8388 – 128 Street, Surrey. Be sure someone from your school attends as important bargaining decisions will be made.
b) Not too late to be a delegate – If you are interested in being a delegate to the BCTF AGM, you can still put your name forward by sending it to us before the meeting or being nominated from the floor.
c) Extended Day – The Executive is recommending to the General meeting the STA oppose extended days at seven Surrey high schools. We encourage members to come to the meeting to express their views. We are also meeting with potentially affected schools to receive input from teachers. The STA will share the members’ view at our February meeting with management.

Principals and Vice Principals call for an end to FSA – Well… it is not without controversy, but the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association has called for an end to the FSA. The Minister has dug in her heals but at least two potential liberal leaders support scrapping the test too.

Health and Safety Workshop Opportunity
BC Fed workshop for STA members on School Health & Safety Committee: February 28, 2011 – Strains, Aches & Pain: What Joint OHS Committees Need to Know about Ergonomics
The STA will provide release time, and cover the cost of registration. Interested participants please contact Lorna Sheh via First Class before February 10, 2011. If you come across other BC Fed workshops that you would like to attend please contact Lorna Sheh for information on how to access this special project fund.

New Teachers’ Conference – change of date
The STA New Teachers’ Conference , February 3rd, 2011, at Bear Creek Pavillion. If you have new teachers on your staff please encourage them to register. Online


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