SCTA OFFICE HOURS AND CONTACT INFO
RESOURCES FOR NEW TEACHERS
“FEED THEIR MINDS. FUND THEIR SCHOOLS”
This campaign highlights the need for BC to invest in public education. The brochure explains the major funding challenges faced by BC’s students, teachers, and school districts. Solutions for these issues are offered, as well as suggestions for how everyone concerned about this issue can work together. For detailed information please visit the BCTF Research section and FundBCSchools.ca.
Working together to make our schools healthy and safe click here to view
After very thoughtful discussions and debate, the EC pension recommendation was passed at the 2016 BCTF AGM. The next steps include developing the language with the Plan Partner with a goal of implementing the change effective January 1, 2018.
Updated document on the BCTF pension consultations here: http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/SalaryBenefits/Pensions/EC-RecTo2016AGM.pdf
2017 LIVING WAGE REPORT
Full-time work should provide families with a basic level of economic security—not keep them in poverty. That’s the idea behind the living wage, a calculation we produce every year that determines what two parents working full-time must each earn to support a family with two young children.
This year, we calculated the hourly living wage for Metro Vancouver to be $20.62. For living wages in other BC communities, check out this map on the Living Wage for Families Campaign’s website.
$20.62 may seem high to some, but it’s based on a bare bones family budget that covers expenses like rent, child care, food and transportation. It’s also important to keep in mind that the current minimum wage in BC—$10.85 an hour—is a poverty-level wage. Over 100,000 working-age people in Metro Vancouver were working but stuck below the poverty line in 2012 (the most recent available data when we conducted our Working Poverty study last year).
A living wage allows families to afford necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape severe financial stress and participate in their communities. That’s good for families, and also good for businesses that value happy and healthy employees: to-date eighty organizations across BC—employing over 8,000 workers and covering many thousand more contract employees—have been certified as Living Wage Employers, and over 50 communities across the country, including 20 in BC, have active living wage campaigns.
To learn more, check out our 2017 living wage report, which we’re proud to co-publish with the Living Wage for Families Campaign and First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
I also want to share two blog posts recently released by my colleague Marc Lee, which compare party platforms on climate change and energy issues and on affordable housing. Check them out, along with other recent commentary, on PolicyNote. As we approach the BC election—coming up on May 9—we’ll continue to release nonpartisan commentary that assesses where BC policy is currently, and where we could go.