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  • Preparing for the Online Ratification Vote

    Thank you to all of the Surrey teachers who advocated for public education by wearing red for ed, talking to friends and families, emailing their MLAs, participating in walk-ins and rallies – your support has helped us achieveRead more

  • Time to Prepare for Transfer Rounds!

    We have reached an agreement with the District to adjust the transfer round timelines slightly, as seen in the attached document. If you are a teacher with a continuing contract,Read more

  • Who Speaks for You at the BCTF?

    The BCTF Fall Representative Assembly will be on November 1-2. This is where our elected local representatives will be making important decisions about provincial bargaining. Surrey has six Local RepresentativesRead more

  • TTOC Experience Transfer Credit Deadline Nov. 15

    Your pay increment (step level) is based on your teaching experience. Contract teachers move up one step on the pay scale after 10 months of full-time experience. Incremental increases takeRead more

  • October 18 is Person’s Day

    In Canada, the British North America Act (BNA Act) of 1867 used the word “persons” when referring to more than one person and “he” when referring to one person. ManyRead more

  • Opportunity for Members: STA Committees

    Committee elections will be occurring at upcoming STARA meeting on Wednesday, October 23. There are vacancies on the following Standing Committees: Anti Poverty Committee – open Awards Committee – 1Read more

  • Clause of the Week: D.25 Staff Meetings

    It’s nearing that time of the month when most of our staff meetings will be scheduled. Wondering if you have to attend and for how long? Here’s what the articleRead more

  • Time to Elect Your School Union Representatives!

    Time to Elect Your School Union Representatives!

    Want to get reimbursed for money spent on pro-d? Want to be the first to receive the weekly STA Connection and stay up to date with special opportunities for membersRead more

Land Acknowledgement

Surrey teachers work on the unceded traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Qayqayt and Semiahmoo First Nations. As part of meaningful reconciliation work, we reflect on the impacts of colonialism through self-education in order to be accountable to Indigenous people and pay attention to our students of Indigenous ancestry, providing them the tools for their success in the future. We are all on a path to learn more and understand the role of each of us as educators in healing the broken relationship with the First Peoples of these shared territories. We thank those who live on and care for the land.

Grievance: Failures-to-Fill

The STA has filed a grievance regarding the District’s practice to direct non-enrolling teachers to cover failure to fill for classroom teachers. The STA is therefore collecting data to support this grievance by requesting that staff reps regularly report failures to fill. In an effort to make this task as quick and efficient as possible, we have created a new format for reporting failures to fill.

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.