VESTA Weekly


December 2 – In this Issue:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #62, The Power of Language, Bargaining Update, If you are stranded, Day in the life of a TTOC – guest article by Katharina Zaikine, VESTA Feedback on Anti-Racism Training Day, VESTA policy on Mini-school references, Use of Staff Meetings

November 25 – In this Issue:

2021 VTF bargaining team, The VESTA Office welcomes Karine Ng, VESTA Mentorship Fund, Bursary deadline fast approaching,  Looking for gift ideas? Consider Café Etico! and Teacher Pension Plan workshops

November 18 – In this Issue:

VTF Bargaining Team swings into action, Opportunity for Members: BCTF Reps to the Mental Health Regional Listening Sessions, Emergency support for BCTF members, Bursary for the child of a VESTA member, Bring forward your motions for the BCTF AGM! and Asian Labour Local and Global Solidarity 

November 4 – In this Issue:

VTF General Meeting Summary, Honouring Indigenous Veterans This National Aboriginal Veterans Day, 2022 BCTF Annual General Meeting, VESTA Reps to VTF Bargaining Team, BCTC New Teacher Survey 2021, Petition to implement two mandatory days of in-service in K-12 for Reconciliation activities, Making Sense of Your Pension, CPP, OAS and Group Benefits: An Essential Workshop from BCRTA, VSB Laptop renewal rollout plan & Health and Safety Rep Release Time

October 21 – In this Issue:

VESTA Mentorship Fund, Call for a VTF General Meeting, VESTA Bursary, Health and Safety, Draft Reporting Order, Professional Development Location, Antiracism Training Day Feedback, Seamless Day Kindergarten, Unused Remedy for 2020-21

October 14 – In this Issue:

An important Bargaining Call to Action, VESTA appoints Local Bargaining Team Members, New Draft Reporting Order, VSB Advisory Committee opportunitiesJoint Professional Development Information Sessions, VESTA letter to VSB re: online learning, SURT Presentations

October 7 – In this Issue: 

Draft Report Order, VESTA Welcomes Hitomi Maruyama-Prasad, School Union Rep Training, Teacher Pension Plan Child Rearing Credits, CoDevelopment Canada, Adult Educator Pay Issues, Provincial PSA Day October 22 and Mask Mandate

October 1 – In this Issue

Truth and Reconciliation, VSB Education Plan Survey, Feedback on VSB Anti-racism day, VESTA Executive Committee, Bargaining, FSA & A message from the The Professional Specialist Association AOEC (Anti-Oppression Educators Collective)

September 23 – In this Issue:

Reconciliation Week, Professional Development, Anti-Racism Inservice Feedback, Bargaining Timeline, Mandatory JOHS Ctte Member Training,
Category Change Timelines, Mentorship Fund, Teacher Workload, Foundations Skills Assessment, Staff Rep Release Time, #RedforBCED 

September 16In this Issue:

Volunteer Opportunity: Represent VESTA on a VSBAdvisory Committee!, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, September Anti-Racism Inservice Day, Bargaining Update by Greg Canning, VESTA WLCB Chair, Key Health and Safety Notes by Danielle Durant, VESTA H&S Chair, Federal Election, September 20 by Vanessa Lefebvre, VESTA Political Action Chair

September 7In this Issue:

Welcome Back / Happy New Year, Contacting the VESTA Office, Health and Safety Updates, Collective Bargaining 2021, Federal Election 2021, Remedy

2020 - 2021

June 30 – In this Issue:

Thank you and wishes for a safe and restful summer, Summer School, VESTA office hours, School Restart September, Funding of Summer Professional Development

June 22 – In this Issue:

Looking Back, Looking Forward, Appreciating VESTA Teachers Teaching On Call,  #94DaysForReconciliation, Rent Strike Bargain Survey, Employment Insurance Benefits and BCTF Opportunities for Members

June 17th – In this Issue:

Bargaining Objectives Recommended by VESTA General Meeting!, Why Bargain?, What about advocacy and political activism?, Benefits Plan, Class Size and Composition and Provincial Bargaining

June 10 – In this Issue:

Pacific Blue Cross AGM, BCTF Bargaining Training, Petition for Truth and Reconciliation Inservice, TTOC Employment Insurance Seminar and General Meeting June 15 – Reminder!

June 3, 2021 – In this Issue:

Bargaining begins in the fall! – Please plan to attend VESTA’s General Meeting June 15th, BCTF Bargaining Training, TTOC Experience Credit, Bereavement Leave Grievance Resolve, VESTA’s new name, New Teachers’ Zoom Gathering and Year End Reporting

May 27, 2021 – In this Issue:

Things to Remember, Al Blakey Celebration of Life, VESTA Annual General Meeting and EI Workshop

May 14, 2021 – In this Issue:

AGM reminder, Know Your Collective Agreement: Early Retirement Incentive Plan, SIP: Salary Indemnity Plan, Reminder: Annual Teaching Practice Fees Due by May 31st, Collective Agreement Article A.5.c: Staff Committee, Welcome to VESTA

May 7, 2021 – In this Issue:

Post and Fill, School staffing, Welcome to VESTA, Former VESTA President Al Blakey Passes Away at 84, Professional Development

April 29, 2021 – In this Issue:

Anti Oppressive Educators Collective, TTOCs, Vaccines, Important Union dates

April 23, 2021 – In this Issue:

SLO Review, Vaccinations, Post and Fill Workshop, VESTA AGM

April 8, 2021 – In this Issue:

Red for BCED, Solidarity for UNITE HERE 40, Mask Mandate, Vaccines, Provincial Mentorship Funds, Congratulations to Olga Campaneau on her retirement, VSB Budget

2021 April 1, 2021 – In this Issue:

Mask mandate in BC Schools, Vaccinations for Education workers, Anti-Asian RacismRed for BCED, Filing your taxes for the year 2020, Climate Justice Webinar on Earth Day, Labour Climate Forum, LGBTQ2S+ Issues Session, Issues Session on Racism

2021 March 11, 2021 – In this Issue:

Teachers’ Council Elections, RED for BCED, Spring Transfer Important Dates, Mentorship Funds, COVID VSB BC Children’s Hospital study, COVID Rapid Response teams, A Well Deserved Spring Break

2021 March 4, 2021 – In this Issue:

COVID Leave Reminders, BC Teachers Council Elections, New Disability Justice Resources, Support for Classroom Density and Vancouver Secondary Teachers, Social Justice in March, New Teacher Zoom Gathering

2021  February 26 – In this Issue:

Friday #RedforBCED, New Teachers – WELCOME TO VESTA!, BC Teachers’ Council, Upcoming BCTF AGM

2021 February 18 – In this Issue:

TTOC experience with callout and reassignment, VESTA supports #Farmers Protest, BCTF New Teacher Conference, Failures to Fill, FSA, Section 53 – Bargaining, Upcoming BCTF and Social Justice Events

2021 February 11 – In this Issue:

FSAs, Health and Safety, New Teachers’ Conference, Section 53 – Labour Relations Board Bargaining, Contacting the VESTA office, Feedback on the October Indigenous Focus Day, #RedforBCED, BCTF AGM delegates elected at Feb 16 General Meeting

 2021 February 5 – In this Issue:

Space still available for Feb 11 Disability Justice Event, February is Black History Month, Paid Leave for COVID, Updates to the Provincial Health and Safety Guidelines, BCTF Research Project on experiences of Canadian BIPOC teachers with School Policing, Feedback on the November Indigenous Focus Day, VSB SLO Review

2021 January 28 – In this Issue:

SURT registration reminder, Disability Justice Virtual event Feb 11, BCTF New Teachers’ Conference, Prov and Federal COVID grant spending, Self-Directed Professional Development, Aboriginal Cultural Leave, Virtual BCTF AGM, New negotiated VESTA Mentorship Fund, Change of Salary Category

2021 January 21 – In this Issue:

February 3-4 SURT, BCTF public survey, Provincial  Health & Safety, School Liaison Officer Review, Opportunities at the BCTF, BCTF Annual General Meeting March 20-24, Provincial Bargaining–Labour Relations Board, Failures to Fill, February 12 District Wide Professional Development Date, #RedforEd

2021 January 14 – In this Issue:
Black Shirt Day, Payroll Information, FSA, New Teacher Zoom Gathering, BCTF School Liaison Officer research project & Health & Safety

2021 January 8 – In this Issue:
Happy New Year VESTA members, Hand sanitizer denials reversed, FSA & Reporting Guidelines

2020 December 17- In this issue:
Hand sanitizer denials reversed, FSA in January, Reporting Guidelines, Winter Break

2020 December 10:
VESTA calls for Health & Safety improvements, Feedback on Nov 27 session, FSA campaign, New Education Minister, Failures to Fill, Assessment & Reporting

2020 December 3:
VESTA advocacy at VSB, Option 4, #RedForBCED campaign, Additional Supervision Aides, Welcome to VESTA, Creating a  mask culture, Retirement resources, Reach out to your MLA!, December 6th Day of Remembrance

2020 November 26
2020 November 19
2020 November 12
2020 November 5
2020 October 29
2020 October 23
2020 October 15
2020 October 8
2020 October 1
2020 September 25
2020 September 18
2020 September 11

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