Here are the latest collective bargaining proposals from each side, as of June 16, 2014.
Term and Wages
The BCTF proposes a 5-year term (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018).
The BCTF wage proposal includes a significant signing bonus of $5,000 and general wage adjustments:
July 1, 2013: $5,000 signing bonus
July 1, 2014: 3.5%
July 1, 2015: 1.5%
July 1, 2016: 1.5%
July 1, 2017: 1.5%
The BCTF proposal also includes an additional increase equal to the difference between the actual GDP and the forecasted GDP to take effect on the first pay day after February 1 in the collective agreement.
The BCTF is also seeking:
“Shortening” of the teacher salary grid from 10 steps to 8 steps by removing the first 2 steps on the grid.
Restoration of three salary grid categories removed during the salary harmonization process in 2006.
Increases to all allowances by set percentages.
Provincial Government Proposal
BCPSEA proposes a 6-year term (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019) with an optional seven-year term (expiry June 30, 2020), which would attract an additional increase.
Date of Ratification: $1,200 signing bonus per FTE teacher if agreement reached by June 30, 2014, prorated for teachers who work less than full time or who started during the school year. TTOCs are also eligible for the signing bonus,which will be calculated on the proportion of time actually worked relative to a full time, full year employee.
July 1, 2014 – 1.0%
February 1, 2015 – 2.0%
May 1, 2016 – Economic Stability Dividend (ESD)
July 1, 2016 – 1.0%
May 1, 2017 – ESD
July 1, 2018 – 1.0% plus ESD
July 1, 2018 – 0.5%
May 1, 2019 – 1.0% plus ESD
If a 7-year term is agreed to, additional increases as follows:
July 1, 2019 – 0.5%
May 1, 2020 – 1.0%
BCSPEA also proposes a residual compensation allocation – a collaborative process to allocate the remaining $11 million from the total compensation package.
Coverage for teachers on the Salary Indemnity Plan (SIP – long term disability) to be the same as teachers who are actively at work.
Upon the teachers’ death, continuation of benefits for dependents for a period of 12 months.
Mandatory participation in the benefits plan.
Improvements to the extended health benefits plan:
Open formulary drug plan
Inclusion of fertility drugs
Medical services and supplies
Hearing aids phased in from $1,500 to $2,500
Orthotics phased in from $300 to $400
Vision phased in from $300 to $400
Paramedicals phased in from $600 to $700
Massage Therapy – $3,000 per year maximum with a doctor’s prescription
The BCTF is seeking the following improvements to the dental plan:
A phased transition from the current plan:
100% plan A, no change
60% plan B, increase to 75%
60% plan C with $4,000 limit, increase to $5,000 limit
The BCTF also proposes that the employer have no ability to change benefits carriers without the prior agreement of the union.
Provincial Government Proposal
Negotiable, subject to the residual compensation allocation.
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