BRITISH COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION
BRITISH COLUMBIA TEACHERS’ FEDERATION
Re: Article C.2. – Porting of Seniority – Separate Seniority Lists
This agreement was necessitated by the fact that some districts have a separate seniority list for adult education teachers, i.e., 1 seniority list for K – 12 and a second separate seniority list for adult education seniority. Consistent with Irene Holden’s previous awards on porting, implementation of this agreement is meant to be on a prospective basis and is not intended to undo any previous staffing decisions with the understanding that anomalies could be discussed and considered at labour management. There are 4 possible situations and applications:
- 1. Teacher in a district with 1 list ports to a district with 1 list (1 to 1)
- Both K – 12 and adult education seniority are contained on a single list in both districts.
- Normal rules of porting apply.
- No more than 1 year of seniority can be credited and ported for any single school year.
- Maximum of 10 years can be ported.
- 2. Teacher in a district with 2 separate lists ports to a district with 2 separate lists (2 to 2)
- Both K – 12 and adult education seniority are contained on 2 separate lists in both districts.
- Both lists remain separate when porting.
- Up to 10 years of K – 12 and up to 10 years of adult education can be ported to the corresponding lists.
- Although the seniority is ported from both areas, the seniority is only activated and can be used in the area in which the teacher attained the continuing appointment. The seniority remains dormant and cannot be used in the other area unless/until the employee subsequently attains a continuing appointment in that area.
- For example, teacher A in District A currently has 8 years of K – 12 seniority and 6 years of adult education seniority. Teacher A secures a K – 12 continuing appointment in District B. Teacher A can port 8 years of K – 12 seniority and 6 years of adult education seniority to District B. However, only the 8 years of K – 12 seniority will be activated while the 6 years of adult education seniority will remain dormant. Should teacher A achieve a continuing appointment in adult education in District B in the future, the 6 years of adult education seniority shall be activated at that time.
- 3. Teacher in a district with 2 separate lists ports to a district with 1 seniority list (2 to 1)
- A combined total of up to 10 years of seniority can be ported.
- No more than 1 year of seniority can be credited for any single school year.
- 4. Teacher in a district with 1 single seniority list ports to a district with 2 separate seniority lists (1 to 2)
- Up to 10 years of seniority could be ported to the seniority list to which the continuing appointment was received.
- No seniority could be ported to the other seniority list.
- For example, teacher A in District A currently has 14 years of seniority and attains a K – 12 position in District B which has 2 separate seniority lists. Teacher A could port 10 years of seniority to the K – 12 seniority list in District B and 0 seniority to the adult education seniority list in District B.
The porting of seniority only applies to seniority accrued within the provincial BCTF bargaining unit. The porting of seniority is not applicable to adult education seniority accrued in a separate bargaining unit or in a separate BCTF bargaining unit.
Original Signed by:
Jacquie Griffiths Jim Iker
BC Public Employers’ Association BC Teachers’ Federation
January 14, 2008 January 21, 2008