The West Vancouver Municipal Employees’ Association and the boards of School District No. 45 (West Vancouver) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association have ratified a K-12 support staff agreement under government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.
The agreement covers 450 members and focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation. It includes:
- a three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022;
- general wage increases of 2% per year; and
- negotiated funding to extend work hours for administrative assistants in elementary schools and education assistants in secondary schools, with any residual funds to be earmarked for professional development.
The ratifications complete the process begun by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement, which paved the way for collective agreements to be negotiated between K-12 local support staff 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 220,000 public-sector employees covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under the mandate.
Learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C.: www.gov.bc.ca/psecbargaining