October 11, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions about the BlueNET card and Blue RX
Download answers to questions you might have about the new prescription drug formulary and the pay direct card achieved in the latest round of bargaining.
October 7, 2013
On September 18, 2013 the Canadian Union of Public Employees 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 Subcommittee and recommended to the Provincial Bargaining Committee and the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council for endorsement. Both the Provincial Bargaining Committee and the Presidents’ Council met in person the following day and voted to endorse the Agreement.
This document provides a run-down of the time line for this round of bargaining and provides an examination of the political context, an overview of the bargaining process, and a point-by-point explanation of the tentative Provincial Framework Agreement.
View document here.
December 4, 2013
With Kootenay Lake schools’ savings plan passed, CUPE Local 748 still on strike alert going back to bargaining on December 12
KOOTENAY LAKE-The Board of Education for School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) held an extraordinary meeting Monday night to reconsider a savings plan to pay for the 3.5 percent wage adjustment for CUPE Local 748 education workers. The lack of a savings plan for the district was a major roadblock to the bargaining process.
“The Board adopted a plan that will allow bargaining to move forward,” said CUPE Local 748 President Michelle Bennett. “Our main objective is to make sure services students depend on are protected.”
CUPE Local 748 and School District 8 is one of nine remaining tables open across BC yet to reach a settlement. Bargaining will resume on Thursday, December 12th.
“Under the BC Governments’ own ‘cooperative gains mandate’ school districts cannot cut services to students,” added Bennett. “CUPE education work is essential to the functioning of our Kootenay Lake schools. We want a fair deal for our members, but also for students and parents.”
CUPE education workers include education assistants, clerical staff, trades, aboriginal workers, youth and family workers, custodians, and bus drivers.
Contact us: BCK12[at]cupe.ca