K-12 members in British Columbia are moving rapidly toward provincial and local bargaining.
On March 13th and 14th 2014 the Provincial Bargaining Committee (PBC) as elected from each region of the province, met to review the provincial bargaining survey and develop bargaining proposals for ratification by the K-12 Presidents’ Council. The PBC came up with twelve tentative proposals to take back for ratification.
The entire K-12 Presidents’ Council (the PC) met on April 14th and 15th. The PC ratified their bargaining proposals, which were then sent out to all Locals to attach to their Local bargaining proposals. For those Locals who may commence bargaining prior to June 3rd we have reached an agreement with BCPSEA whereby you can advise your Employer that you will be adding the Provincial proposals to your packages after they are presented to BCPSEA on June 3, 2014. Please do not provide them to your Employer prior to June 3, 2014.
Following the PC meeting we contacted BCPSEA to arrange for bargaining dates as soon as possible. A small subcommittee of the PBC is meeting with the employer on May 6, 2014 to work on the bargaining protocol agreement.
Bargaining will commence on June 3, 2014. In total we have ten days of bargaining booked in June, prior to expiry of the current collective agreement. If bargaining is going well we may request our committee and BCPSEA add additional dates over the weekend between our scheduled sessions. We have also indicated to BCPSEA that we are prepared to bargain through the summer if bargaining is progressing.
K-12 Locals are watching the ongoing teachers bargaining with renewed interest. Teachers commenced stage one job action on April 23, 2014. Stage 1 consists mainly of teachers ceasing to do extracurricular activity. All Locals are advised they should continue to perform their normal duties but under no circumstances should they take on duties normally performed by teachers.
Teacher job action up to and including a full withdrawal of service may be forthcoming. In anticipation of this we have asked all K-12 Locals to elect and activate strike committees and undertake strike preparation training. This will ensure we are well prepared in the event teachers escalate job action or our own bargaining reaches impasse.
John Horsfield & Rob Hewitt
CUPE K-12 Coordinators