CUPE K-12: Caring for BC students and public schools

More CUPE education workers vote to ratify agreements with BC school districts

BURNABY- Five CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council Locals have now ratified agreements with BC school districts: Local 379 with SD 41 (Burnaby), Local 476 with SD 47 (Powell River), Local 1260 with SD 35 (Langley), Local 2098 with SD 51 (Boundary), and Local 4991 with SD 57 (Prince George).

CUPE Local 379 education workers in Burnaby were the latest to vote to ratify an agreement over the long weekend.

“The support that members of Local 379 gave to its bargaining committee, as always, was overwhelming and appreciated,” said CUPE Local 379 President Paul Simpson in a message to members today.  “A 96 percent support vote proves the strong position of solidarity within CUPE 379.  It shows that CUPE 379 members understand the challenges facing the K-12 sector today and support the achievements their bargaining committee fought for on their behalf.”

Many ratification votes are expected in the near future. Local bargaining has concluded with the following 23 settlements: 

CUPE Local

School District

15

39 (Vancouver)

173

74 (Gold Trail)

382

61 (Greater Victoria)

407

39 (Vancouver)

409

40 (New Westminster)

411

33 (Chilliwack)

593

75 (Mission)

606

68 (Nanaimo/Ladysmith)

606

79 (Cowichan Valley)

703

42 (Maple Ridge)

716

38(Richmond)

728

36 (Surrey)

788

64 (Gulf Islands)

1851

35 (Langley)

2020

50(Haida Gwaii)

2052

82 (Coast Mountains)

2450

10 (Arrow Lakes)

3523

23(Central Okanagan)

3570

69 (Qualicum)

3742

57 (Prince George)

4653

60 (Peace River North)

4992

59(Peace River South)

5150

19 (Revelstoke)

 

On September 18th, the CUPE K-12 Bargaining Subcommittee signed a tentative Provincial Framework Agreement. The key details of the agreement include:

  • 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.
  • There are no concessions for CUPE members.

57 CUPE Locals represent27,000 education workers across BC in 53 school districts.CUPE education workers include education assistants, clerical staff, trades, aboriginal workers, youth and family workers, custodians, and bus drivers.