As planned the K12 coordinators, supported by Sister Leslie Franklin and Brother Rod Isaac met with BCPSEA on May 6, 2014 to attempt to reach a protocol agreement.
We put forward that we were agreeable to maintaining the last protocol agreement with two additions:
Discussions were open and respectful. After numerous attempts and caucuses by both sides we were able to reach an agreement on a finalised protocol.
The following are the changes from the last protocol agreement:
“The Parties agree that under the current mandate Boards of Education are not required to provide a savings plan setting out how they will pay for increases arising out of a Provincial Framework Agreement. Funding for the Provincial Framework Agreement will be included in operating grants to Boards of Education.”
We are as confident as we can be that this language provides significant assurance that the Province will be funding the new Provincial Framework agreement. Our first proposal remains in place and will be presented on June 3, 2014.
We came away from this meeting with some optimism of our upcoming bargaining. The discussions were respectful and in good faith.
We agreed to meet jointly on June 3, 2014 at 11:00 am. The PBC will meet at 10:00 am.
Leslie Franklin and Rod Isaac
Provincial Bargaining Committee Members
John Horsfield and Rob Hewitt
CUPE K-12 Coordinators