RICHMOND, BC—The Canadian Union of Public Employees has reached a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement with the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA). The Framework Agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 Provincial Bargaining Sub-Committee and will be recommended to the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement.
Each CUPE union local will then take this provincial agreement to their respective tables with school districts to conclude collective bargaining.
“Over two years this agreement provides our members a total 3.5 percent wage adjustment, with no concessions,” said CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Chair Colin Pawson. “We were also able to work with the employer on a pay direct drug card.”
“As well, the agreement recognizes the professional role of Education Assistants through formal changes to the School Act and collective agreements,” added Pawson.
The agreement provides a 1 percent wage increase on July 1, 2013, 2 percent on February 1, 2014 and 0.5 percent on May 1, 2014.
“CUPE BC’s 27,000 education workers are vital to keeping our schools clean, safe and inclusive,” said CUPE BC President Mark Hancock. “I want to thank all 85,000 of our members across the province, and our K-12 members in particular, for their solidarity. It’s only because we held together that we were able to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract, despite demands for concessions from the government.”
“I would also like to thank the BC Teachers’ Federation for their unwavering commitment to public education in our province and for their strong support during these difficult negotiations,” added Hancock.
Key Provincial Framework Agreement details:
- The agreement’s term is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014.
- It provides a wage increase of 3.5 percent.
- The introduction of a pay direct card for up-front drug expenses for virtually all Locals.
- There are no concessions for CUPE members.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents more than 27,000 education workers in BC’s K-12 system.
This agreement covers union members in 69 bargaining units across BC. CUPE represents members in 57 of those bargaining units.
IUOE Local 963 Business Manager Tim DeVivo represented the 12 other education worker union locals in this process.