Another K-12 support staff agreement has been ratified by the local union, the district and the BC Public School Employers’ Association board under government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.
Support staff are employed by school districts in a variety of positions, including custodians, trades and maintenance workers, education assistants, clerical, accounting and information technology.
The agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation, and include:
- a three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022;
- general wage increases of 2% per year; and
- SD 70 (Alberni) and CUPE Local 727 (representing 221 members) negotiated three non-instructional days during the school year for education assistants to attend mandatory training.
The ratification completes the process begun by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement, which paved the way for collective agreements to be negotiated between K-12 support staff local unions and the 60 public school district employers throughout B.C.
The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate supports government’s commitment to improve the services people count on, make life more affordable and invest in sustainable economic growth. The mandate is consistent with B.C.’s commitment to balanced budgets and sound fiscal management. Currently, there are more than 217,000 public sector employees covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under the mandate.
Public sector bargaining in B.C.: www.gov.bc.ca/psecbargaining