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Our modern and advanced school system offers a wide range of educational programs and services. Special programs include French immersion, an international student program, a carpenter`s trade, a culinary arts program and web lectures. Through our outdoor educational program at Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton high schools, students participate in hiking, skiing, snowboarding, golf, climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing, ocean kayaking and camping. It is essential that members are fully informed of the proposed changes in our collective agreement. Sea to Sky School District No. 48 operates schools in the municipalities of Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Devine, Brackendale and Garibaldi Highlands. “If the scope of what we are allowed to negotiate at the district level does not change, our local agreement will be fully ratified at the end of negotiations at the provincial level. The plan, approved by a group of teacher leaders, outlined four phases of work: continued pressure on the government through communication; withdrawal of administrative duties, such as attending staff assemblies, and banning specialized teachers (such as librarians) that cover absences; rotating strikes organized by each district; and a provincial strike. Provincial Bargaining Bargaining Content for BCTF members is available on the members` portal only. Collective agreements are also published on the portal. Lowe said the SSTA had already reached a “local agreement” with the local school district, the Sea to Sky School District (SD48), which can only be ratified once the provincial agreement has been reached. “We are pleased to inform you that we have concluded joint negotiations with our local sea to Sky Teachers association,” the statement said.

With the school scheduled to begin next week, the union that represents Teachers B.C is still very hard to negotiate an agreement with the province, which includes teachers from B.C public schools. And according to April Lowe, president of the Sea to Sky Teachers` Association (SSTA), the big battle is over class size and composition. Changes in collective agreements are difficult, Higginson said, adding that she could understand why teachers “are nervous about changing anything because they`ve spent 15 years fighting all the way to the Supreme Court,” but the proposed changes don`t result in job losses.

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