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  • Public Statement: Condemnation of Israel’s historical and ongoing genocide of Palestinian people 

    December STARA motion: That the STA publicly condemn the state of Israel’s ongoing genocide of Palestinians and declare that Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism.  We vehemently condemn the egregious violence andRead more

  • Stay Informed: PTOC Prep Time Grievance 

    In 2019, the Union filed a grievance about PTOC prep time. The Grievance was referred to arbitration. The parties were able to reach an agreement before going to a hearing: Read more

  • Marilyn Tells It Like It Is to Politicians! 

    On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, a group of 6 BCTF members travelled to Victoria to meet with various MLAs and the Premier as part of the BCTF Lobby Day. TheRead more

  • Get Yourself Qualified!  

    Threshold Qualifications and Teacher Evaluations for the Qualified Book are due January 31, 2024. Apply if you:  Please follow the instructions carefully to avoid any delay in application approval. Applications areRead more

  • Parenthood Leave Grievance Win!

    The union became aware the Employer was only allowing teachers to access one parenthood leave under G.21.4 of the Collective Agreement. The Union filed a grievance on April 26, 2022.Read more

  • TTOC Experience Transfer Form 

    Your pay increment (step level) is based on your teaching experience. Contract teachers advance one step on the pay scale after 10 months of full-time experience, occurring automatically on SeptemberRead more

  • PSA Day Conference Issues

    On October 20, 2023, Provincial Specialist Associations hosting online conferences via easyREG faced a major platform failure. Some managed alternative links, while others were hindered by issues like emails beingRead more

  • MLA Ridings

    Cloverdale Area MLA: Mike Starchuk Schools/Sites within this riding: Fleetwood Area MLA: Jagrup Brar Schools/Sites within this riding: Green Timbers Area MLA: Rachna Singh Schools/Sites within this riding: Guildford AreaRead more

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with gratitude and respect that STA members have the privilege of working on the unceded ancestral territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sɛmiˈɑːmuː (Semiahmoo) who have cared for this land for thousands of years, and who continue to care for this land. As educators, we are committed to actions aimed at healing the broken relationship between settlers and Indigenous peoples.

The Advocate


The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.