Monday Memo – January 31, 2011

MEMO TO: Staff Reps

COPIES TO: STA Executive Committee

FROM: Denise Moffatt, President

Date: January 31, 2011

Trustees leave Surrey Civic Coalition – Last week trustees Laurie Larsen and Terry Allen surprised us when they announced they were leaving the Surrey Civic Coalition to form a coalition with a group of incumbent trustees including, Reni Masi, Pam Glass and Shawn Wilson. The new group is modeled after Diane Watts Surrey First party and will be called Surrey Education First. A member of the new coalition, Reni Masi, was a liberal MLA in 2002 when teachers’ collective agreements were stripped. The STA Executive will consider our response at our meeting next Tuesday.

Bargaining only 1 month away – Thank-you to everyone who turned out last Wednesday to help set our local bargaining priorities. Lively debate and informed discussion sure made for an exciting evening! In the coming weeks the bargaining team will be available to visit your school and give an update directly to your staff. More information on these visits will be provided at staff rep training.

A Town Hall Meeting on Public Education Funding in Burnaby and BCWant to understand why classrooms are overcrowded, buildings neglected and special needs students are being under-supported?
Come and hear guest panelists – Glen Hansman, 2nd Vice President of the BC Teachers’ Federation, John Malcolmson from CUPE National, Iglika Ivanova from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a Public School trustee as they explain where the money went and why there isn’t enough to just keep up with inflation in education.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Schou Education Centre, 4041 Canada Way, Burnaby BC

New Teachers’ Conference – 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 registration:

Meeting with School District on Extended DayThe STA is meeting with the Board tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1, 2011. We will share the feedback we have received from members with the Board at the meeting.

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