TTOC EI 2021.06.09 June 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Are you a TTOC? Did you know that you are likely eligible to receive Employment Insurance payments over the summer months?

This seminar helps TTOCs understand the steps to follow in applying for, and obtaining, EI benefits.
TTOC EI Workshop Register now
Virtual SGM/STARA Oct 2020 The next STARA is on June 16, 2021 at 4 pm
via Zoom.

If you have not already received your voting and Zoom links for the 2020-2021 year,
sign up for this year’s links.

Look forward to “seeing” you there.
STARA Meeting

Latest News

  • Fans in Portables

    The District has informed us that portable fans are not allowed in Surrey during the pandemic. This is a concern because the science shows the COVID19 virus can be spread in a room when fans are on. You should keep track of the temperature in your class on hot days. As the temperature reaches closeRead more

  • Retirement Celebration

    The STA has a long tradition of hosting a fun dinner dance for retiring members and we are disappointed that COVID has disallowed this event for another year. In order to honor those members who have served this district, we have a replacement plan involving gifts and gift certificates. We want to ensure that weRead more

  • Art While Apart: Thank you Young Workers!

    Last week on April 8th, the STA Young Workers Committee held their first paint night led by artist extraordinaire Mckenzie Matthews. The event exceeded event registration and continued to be sought up until the event itself. With over 55 attendees, this group of young people sought to draw (and paint) new connections to their unionRead more

  • STA Donations Policies

    In March, the STA Executive passed the following motion:   THAT we strike an Ad Hoc Committee of up to 8 members, constituted by May of 2021 to create a first draft of a donations policy.   If you are interested in serving on this Ad Hoc Committee, please consider submitting a CV by April 23 indicating your interest. Read more

  • Supporting students through Ramadan

    Tuesday, April 13th will be the first day of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims. Many of our Muslim students and colleagues will be fasting for the next 30 days and they are going to be exhausted! They’ll have woken up before dawn (which is currently around 6:30 am) to have a meal before beginning their fast.Read more

  • 2021 BCTF AGM report

    From 20-23 March 2021 the BCTF AGM was held online. 35 Surrey delegates shared the 66 votes that our union is entitled to. Days started early for the Surrey delegates with a Breakfast Caucus meeting at 7:45 to prepare for each day’s meeting which began at 9am and ended at 6pm.   Although being online allRead more

  • Concerns about ShareEdBC

    The BCTF is aware that the Ministry of Education has recently been approaching school districts requesting that they be involved in helping with the development of an online educational resource repository called ShareEdBC. The BCTF has significant concerns about the influence of corporate funding in the development process of ShareEdBC, the collection of teachers’ dataRead more

  • Supporting other unions’ struggles!

    **IBEW Local 213 members employed at Ledcor LTS have been on strike for a fair first collective agreement since September 30, 2019.  On March 19, the New Westminster & District Labour Council and Vancouver & District Labour Council will join with IBEW Local 213 in a day of action in solidarity with these workers who continue to stand firmRead 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.