BCPSEA Services

BCPSEA focuses on human resource solutions and providing labour relations advice and resources. However, we are best known for our role in collective bargaining, the largest component of BCPSEA’s “core business.” 

Our mandate also includes other selected areas of human resource management, including exempt staff contracts and compensation, health, safety and wellness, and pension and benefits. 

We take pride in providing timely and accurate information for decision making; our service areas are supplemented by research and information, and technology infrastructure.

Collective Bargaining

  • Manage all three phases of teacher-public school employer collective bargaining preparation, negotiations and implementation/administration.

  • Provide assistance to school boards in concluding collective agreements. This includes providing research, legal advice, coordination and, where requested, becoming involved directly in negotiations or dispute resolution.

Labour Relations

  • Provide research to school districts, education organizations in other jurisdictions, and other management organizations within the BC public sector such as the Public Sector Employers' Council, the Ministry of Education, the Human Resources Development Canada, and many others. 

  • Manage and fund arbitrations considered to have provincial implications. 

  • Provide comparisons of other settlements within and outside of the sector. This information is also used to facilitate government financial planning with regard to the K-12 sector. 

  • Verify costing of collective agreement settlements. 

  • Assist school districts in developing, implementing and maintaining credible and defensible terms and conditions of employment, including compensation plans for exempt staff – Superintendents, Secretary-Treasurers, senior school district managers, Principals, Vice-Principals, and other exempt staff.

Human Resources

  • Provide advice and standards on a range of human resource matters, such as termination of employment, job evaluation and reclassification, and application of government compensation guidelines.

  • Advocate on behalf of the sector, as well as on behalf of school districts, on safety, claims and assessment issues with WorkSafe BC, and represent school districts on claims appeal and penalty/sanction matters.

  • Provide advice and resources to assist school district staff with interpretation and application of federal and provincial legislation dealing with the broad topic of safety, including the Workers Compensation Act; Occupational Health & Safety (oh&S)regulations; and related WorkSafe BC policy and practice. 

  • Offer a complete selection of training programs approved by WorkSafe BC to satisfy regulatory requirements to train health and safety worker representatives. 

  • Offer pension and benefits management and administration.

Specialized Services

  • Develop and provide a wide variety of professional development opportunities

  • Create and maintain the Employment Data and Analysis System (EDAS) which collects employment data to improve understanding and assist in analysis of the K-12 system labour force. 

  • Create and maintain Make a Future, a comprehensive recruitment and employment service supporting BC's school districts in finding, attracting and retaining top-quality employees.