It is a founding principle of the Coalition that the BC Teachers’ Federation exists to serve its members, the cause of public education and the welfare of our students. The members of the Coalition believe that only a member-oriented, member-directed organization can accomplish these goals. We are opposed to a centralized business-union structure and are committed to building our union through the ongoing personal and professional involvement of our members at every level. Coalition members on any BCTF committee foster involvement in setting future directions by seeking out and listening to members’ concerns and taking action. The Coalition will continue to use federation democratic structures to identify and focus on the perspective of teachers. The BCTF must continue to engage members in the decision making process.
TEACHER LED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT
As a Coalition we advocate to ensure professional autonomy for our members. We are committed to addressing the professional needs of teachers throughout their careers. We believe the union must provide leadership in the development and promotion of proactive teacher identified professional opportunities. Education policy and practices must be shaped by teachers and must enhance the working and learning environment of the classroom.
FULL AND FREE LOCAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
A fundamental goal of Coalition members is to return to full and free local collective bargaining including the right to negotiate all terms and conditions of employment. Members, through their local, zonal and provincial processes must be full participants from objective setting to ratification. Once negotiated, we must be ever vigilant in the implementation and protection of our collective agreements. We must use every venue to make improvements for our members and our students.
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES
The Coalition and its members believe that a strong BCTF is built upon strong locals. Our locals, big and small, foster a confident, knowledgeable, and engaged membership which directs the work of our union through local and provincial initiatives. Local officers and members need to be provided with pertinent