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BC Teachers, BCPSEA reach tentative agreement

The tentative agreement covers just over 45,000 teachers represented by the BCTF who deliver education to students in the province's 60 school districts.

In a media release on the BC Government website, it was announced that a tentative agreement under the B.C. government's Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate has been reached between the members of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA).

The release said the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.

"The tentative agreement covers just over 45,000 teachers represented by the BCTF who deliver education to students in the province's 60 school districts," the release said.

"Further details about the agreement will be available once the ratification processes for the teachers and the employer-members of BCPSEA have been completed."

On the BCTF Twitter feed, the BCTF said the “tentative agreement will be voted on by the entire membership for ratification.”

“Given the current circumstances with COVID-19, our ratification vote will be different this time around and we are working on what that will look like."

The release said the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate supports government's commitment to improve the services people count on, make life more affordable and invest in sustainable economic growth.

The mandate is consistent with B.C.'s commitment to sound fiscal management. It provides parties with the ability to negotiate conditional and modest funding to drive tangible service improvements for people in B.C.

Currently, about 290,000 public-sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under B.C.'s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.