After months of training, research, consultations and discussions, the K-12 sector provincial bargaining committee is confident it’s ready to start negotiations. This week, the K-12 Presidents Council gave its overwhelming endorsement to the bargaining committee’s proposals and priorities for a provincial framework agreement.
Guided by the results of the provincial bargaining survey, the top bargaining priority will be fair wages that recognize the expertise, experience, and dedication of the provinces over 30,000 school support workers.
The bargaining committee met for several days in January to review the provincial bargaining survey results and draft proposals to best address the concerns raised by members.
The message from the survey and input from K-12 local presidents is clear – school support workers need and deserve fair wages and supports to keep providing vital services to this province’s students, families, schools, and communities.
Contract talks for the Provincial Framework Agreement will begin on February 8 and continue until March 3.
The bargaining committee will open negotiations with the B.C. Public School Employers Association on February 8th, with nine days of negotiations scheduled between then and March 3rd.
The bargaining committee will be sending out regular bulletins as negotiations progress. Watch for them at bcschools.cupe.ca, directly from your local, and on our social media – @cupek12bc.
The K12 sector provincial bargaining committee includes elected representatives from each region. They are:
Paul Simpson, Chair
Francine Brisson (alternate)
Paul Knapik (alternate)
Andrew Schneider (alternate)
Tracey Dahlin (alternate)
James Fox (alternate)
Heather Skarbo (alternate)
Ken Evans (alternate)
Other support staff unions:
The committee will be assisted by a team of CUPE National staff.