Budget update demonstrates renewed commitment to post-secondary education

September 11, 2017 | VICTORIA, BC—The Budget Update announced today by the BC government demonstrates the government’s commitment to increasing access to post-secondary education. Following the recent announcement to eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education and English language learning classes, the Budget Update outlines the funding for these programs.

 

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Labour Day 2017

By working together in solidarity, workers - and different unions - have won many hard-fought battles. Their successes have led to many of the benefits we enjoy today: a limited workday, paid overtime, weekends and paid vacation, and the right to safe and healthy work environments. In addition to fighting for workers’ rights at the bargaining table and on the picket line, labour organizations have also advocated for better policies for working people at all levels of government. By taking the concerns of members to those in elected office, organized labour has achieved many victories for those across our cities, province, and country.

 

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FPSE President George Davison: Open the Doors, Solidarity, and Pride

Over two months ago, we brought change to BC with our Open the Doors campaign. Now, we officially have a new government with Premier John Horgan and a new cabinet including Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark. We’re looking forward to the months ahead, and are excited about this opportunity to make post-secondary education affordable and accessible in BC.

But there is more to celebrate than this historic change in government. As students, educators, staff, and supporters of post-secondary education, we know that a safe space where every person’s human and civil rights are respected is crucial to a productive learning environment. We also know that the need to feel safe and secure extends beyond the classroom doors. As President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, I am so proud to stand with our member faculty and staff in solidarity with the LGBTQ2*+ community.

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FPSE Statement on the new BC Government

On July 18, 2017, Premier John Horgan and his cabinet were sworn-in and are now the official new government of British Columbia. Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC President George Davison was in attendance to witness this historic moment, and had the following to say on behalf of the Federation:

“Over the past 16 years, government funding of post-secondary education has massively declined, placing an unsustainable burden on students and families across BC. On behalf of the member locals of our federation, we welcome The Honourable Melanie Mark, M.L.A., to her new role as Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. We are confident that the new government is committed to improving the lives of all British Columbians with a renewed commitment to providing better choices and opportunities in post-secondary education.”

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Summer Kicks Off on a High Note

I don’t know about you, but I think this has been the most interesting start of a summer vacation I’ve ever had. After a long election campaign, made even longer by some very close races, and weeks of uncertainty about who would form government, we are now on the brink of new government in B.C. Last night, former Premier Clark asked Her Honour the Lieutenant-Governor for the dissolution of the Legislature. Exercising her constitutional authority, however, L-G Judith Guichon declined this request and invited now Premier-designate John Horgan to form government. We have a great deal to celebrate.

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Statement on BC NDP and Green Party Agreement

On behalf of 10,000 FPSE members, we want to congratulate John Horgan and Andrew Weaver on reaching their historic governing agreement, putting British Columbians ahead of partisan interests.

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Comparing BC’s provincial parties and their post-secondary promises


The 2017 BC provincial election is nearing and it’s going to be close. In a recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun, George Davison, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, wrote:

Students are struggling, and we need to be talking about it. These are the people who will propel our province’s economy. Study after study shows that education and income are correlated. Education is a path to jobs. It follows that public policy should support education, because if more people are employed and earning higher wages, they’ll contribute more. But our province has been chronically underfunding education, using a lens that is short-sighted and biased.

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Vancouver declares Day of Awareness for Accessible Post-Secondary

While students are wrapping up the year and writing their final exams, the City of Vancouver held a ceremony today to declare April 25, 2017, Day of Awareness for Accessible Post-Secondary Education in Vancouver. 

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Why voting in the provincial election is the most empowering thing you can do


Affordability, housing, and good jobs are top of mind for BC voters like you and me. We’re studying and working hard to make ends meet and reach our goals. The cycle of juggling life, bills, school, and work is a grind, and the cost of living is getting higher.

This can’t go on forever. We need a change.

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5 people who are totally you trying to pay off your student debt

BC students and their families are racking up huge debts related to the costs of college and university. 

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