Latest News

  • Being contacted while on sick leave

    We have heard from some teachers that their principal, or someone from the District, has contacted them through email or phone while they are on the first 20 days of a sick leave.  This increases the stress on membersRead more

  • Masks

    As of October 4, masks are mandatory in schools for students in K-3.  We recognize that this new rule has the potential to make teaching more difficult and increase stress for teachers inRead more

  • BCFED National Day of Truth & Reconciliation Events

    BC Federation of Labour has published a list of events for the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Online (from anywhere)How to watch and listen to National Day forRead more

  • BCTF Bargaining Conference: Delegates Needed!

    One of the major advantages of being part of a union is our collective bargaining power when negotiating with our employers. A lot of the items in our collective agreement,Read more

  • Local Bargaining Townhalls

    Local bargaining is starting November 1.  Your bargaining committee has already been working on both provincial and local aspects of a new collective agreement.  Last year we hosted a survey andRead more

  • Face shields available for the asking

    We were given boxes of face shields last year to distribute, and we still have a lot. They are quite good quality, heavier than single use shields. They need assembly.Read more

  • City of Surrey Facilities Discounted Pass

    The city of Surrey offers a 25% corporate group rate for teachers for their annual Recreation Pass as well as discounts for single swipe passes which includes 10-swipe passes (10% off)Read more

  • Sad News: Trish Kelley 

    After an extended struggle with cancer, long time STA activist Trish Kelley passed in Kamloops, July 8, 2021. Trish served as a first vice-president of the STA, was a longRead 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.

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.