Bargaining Team reaches agreement on Board for renewed Aboriginal Equity Agreement
by Tara Ehrcke, Bargaining Chair
The bargaining team is pleased to let teachers know we have signed off on a proposed aboriginal equity agreement to be in effect until the next collective agreement in 2019. The agreement will be proposed for ratification at the general membership meeting on February 17th. If ratified, it allows the District to hire aboriginal teachers preferentially onto the TTOC list, as well as for positions funded with targeted funds for aboriginal students. This is in keeping with the bargaining objectives passed at previous GVTA general meetings. The agreement also includes an agreement to meet further on equity issues.
The GVTA has identified concerns over a variety of equity issues including human resource practices that impact pregnant women and mothers, under-representation of teachers of other equity seeking groups, such as LGBTQ, and expanding the aboriginal equity principles to other employee groups. There will be opportunity to ask questions about the agreement at the meeting prior to the ratification vote. Please take time to review the proposed Aboriginal Equity Agreement here.
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