Burnaby Teachers' Association endorses BCA

The Burnaby Teachers' Association (BTA) has endorsed the Burnaby Citizens' Association's slate of candidates for school trustee.

Of the other parties vying for school board seats, BTA president Richard Storch said, that Burnaby Parents' Voice did not respond to its trustee questionnaire.

It also "opposes policy 5.45 on sexual orientation/gender identity and seemed lacking in knowledge on issues critical to teachers in this round of bargaining, when responding to questions on CBC Radio" recently.

Green candidates also did not respond to the BTA's survey.

TEAM Burnaby, meanwhile, "is led by the former Burnaby Board of Education human resources director, Bonda Bitzer, who presided over the largest increase of union grievances in the history of our organization. Team has deep ties to the current provincial government, which seems determined to halt any progress for teachers at the bargaining table."

As for its endorsement of the BCA, Storch said, "BCA candidates were the only respondents who stated their support for a return of stripped collective agreement language on class size and composition and keeping teachers in the classroom rather than gutting public education as part of the provincial government’s 21st century learning initiatives.”

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