CUPE 801 K-12 support workers on the Sunshine Coast reach tentative agreement

SUNSHINE COAST — CUPE 801, K-12 support workers at SD46, reached a tentative agreement last night following five bargaining sessions that began in March.

CUPE 801 President Janice Budgell said that the bargaining process went very well, and their bargaining committee is looking forward to presenting the tentative agreement to members tomorrow at the ratification meeting.

“Our entire bargaining committee was new and we all left feeling it was a positive experience,” said Budgell. “I’m happy with the tentative agreement we will be presenting.”

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed within a week.

CUPE 801 members provide a wide variety of services that support students including Education Assistants, Aboriginal Support Workers, Child Care Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Technology Technicians, and Administrative Support.

The Local represents approximately 230, K-12 support workers on the Sunshine Coast at Gibsons, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Madeira Park, Roberts Creek and Pender Harbour.

To find out more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca.

CUPE 4992 K-12 maintenance workers reach tentative agreement with SD59

DAWSON CREEK — CUPE 4992 reached a tentative agreement yesterday with SD59, Peace River South. The agreement was reached in one bargaining session.

CUPE 4992 President Darcy Whetter noted that the smaller local did not have a lot of requests and the employer did not seek concessions.

“Both sides were agreeable, and the process went fairly smoothly,” said Whetter. “All in all, it was a good experience.”

The K-12 Provincial Framework Agreement was approved by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in September and forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties, expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 4992 represents 30, K-12 maintenance workers in Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Moberly Lake, Pouce Coupe, and the surrounding area. They provide maintenance services throughout the school district including Grounds, Electrical, Cabinet Making, Welding, Electronics, Plumbing, and Carpentry.

To find out more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca.

CUPE 3742 Early Years and K-12 northern local reaches tentative agreement

PRINCE GEORGE — CUPE Local 3742 reached a tentative agreement with SD57 (Prince George) late Friday night. The agreement for Early Years and K-12 support workers followed many 11-hour and 12-hour days of effort by the Local’s bargaining team.

CUPE 3742 President Karen Wong gave kudos to the whole bargaining team and their National Staff Representative who helped develop strategies and creative counterproposals. She noted that the service improvement allowance negotiated in the Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) made a big difference in what they were able to accomplish for members in this round of bargaining.

“We’ve developed a good working relationship with the employer over the years,” said Wong. “But this tentative agreement is truly a ‘collective agreement’ between the employer and the union, with wins on both sides.”

Wong notes that every member of the bargaining team is looking forward to presenting the tentative agreement to members starting today.

“Resolving not to take concessions gave us the strength at the table to protect previous gains our members made,” said Wong.

The PFA, approved by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in September, forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by early next week.

CUPE 3742 represents just over 1,000 SD57 Early Years and K-12 support workers in the north at Prince George, McBride, Valemount, and Mackenzie. They include education assistants, indigenous workers, Early Childhood Education workers, youth care workers, clerical and custodians.

To find out more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca.

Haida Gwaii K-12 support workers and Strong Start Facilitators reach tentative agreement

Village of Queen Charlotte — CUPE Local 2020, K-12 support workers on Haida Gwaii, reached a tentative agreement with SD50 on Thursday, June 13th. The Local began bargaining on April 22 and reached the agreement after four bargaining sessions.

“Bargaining was good with lots of discussion, and we came to a good place for all parties,” said CUPE Local 2020 President Ken Evans. “I think our members will be happy with the agreement.”

Evans said that although the employer brought some concessions to the table, the Local was able to withhold them. One of the challenges was finding common ground on how to utilize funds for local bargaining negotiated through the provincial framework agreement.

“I’d like to thank the bargaining committee and our National Representative for coming together to work through this as a team,” said Evans.

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents’ Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE Local 2020 represents approximately 60 members working as Strong Start Facilitators and K-12 support workers including education assistants, bus drivers, dispatchers, clerical, maintenance, custodians, library clerks and first nations resource workers in elementary and secondary schools located in Skidegate, Masset, Port Clements, Sandspit and Village of Queen Charlotte.

To find out more about CUPE members working in K-12, visit bcschools.cupe.ca.

CUPE 407 K-12 maintenance and grounds workers reach tentative agreement with Vancouver School Board

VANCOUVER — CUPE 407, K-12 inside and outside workers at the Vancouver School Board, reached a tentative agreement last Friday after 6 bargaining sessions that began in May.

CUPE 407 President Brent Boyd noted that although the local made some gains, they are already looking ahead three years to the next round of bargaining to continue to build on those small gains.

“We have complete confidence that the government will find ways to put money back into B.C.’s education system,” said Boyd. “Fully funded apprenticeships and other initiatives could help restore cuts and improve the services that we provide to improve student safety.”

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 407 represents 101 permanent K-12 workers plus seasonal casual workers who provide maintenance and grounds services in Vancouver, including mechanics, heavy equipment operators, labourers, skilled trades and grounds workers.

CUPE 409 K-12 workers reach tentative agreement in New Westminster

NEW WESTMINSTER — CUPE 409, K-12 support workers in New Westminster, reached a tentative agreement with SD40 Board of Education on Wednesday evening. The local began bargaining in January and reached the agreement after ten bargaining sessions.

“This agreement is superior to any of the other settlements we were able to achieve since 2000,” said CUPE 409 President Marcel Marsolais. “Our bargaining committee is recommending that our members vote to ratify the agreement.”

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 409 represents approximately 375 K-12 education workers in the New Westminster School District.

Largest K-12 local in B.C. reaches tentative agreement

SURREY — CUPE 728, the largest K-12 local in British Columbia, reached a tentative agreement after a marathon bargaining session ending at 4 am today.

CUPE 728 President Marcey Campbell praised the bargaining team for their dedication and hard work since early March when bargaining began. She noted that opening each session with an acknowledgement of First Nations territory was a positive feature of bargaining, as was updating contract language to be gender-neutral.

“I’m honoured by the hard work and long hours our committee put in,” said Campbell. “Their professionalism and creativity went a long way towards reaching a settlement that included no concessions.”

“I’m very proud of the gains we were able to make for all of our members, but especially for precarious workers,” added Randy Anderson-Fennell, CUPE 728 bargaining Chair.

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 728 represents more than 4,000 support workers in B.C.’s largest and fastest growing school district, SD36. Members include education assistants, bus drivers, clerical, caretakers, maintenance, and trades.

CUPE 2450 K-12 workers reach tentative agreement with SD10

Mutual respect at the bargaining table and a marathon session lasting until 3 am culminated in a tentative agreement for CUPE 2450 K-12 support workers on June 6. CUPE Local 2450 and School District 10 began bargaining in May.

“Bargaining was really positive,” said CUPE 2450 bargaining Chair Kim Reich. “We certainly had our agenda and we were able to attain some good gains for members, without any concessions.”

CUPE 2450 President Andy Cruden praised the “involved and focused” bargaining team and Chair Kim Reich for their preparation and hard work. “The whole crew gave everything they could,” said Cruden.

Reich noted that funds for local tables negotiated last July as part of the provincial framework agreement (PFA), helped the bargaining process.

The K-12 PFA was approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September and forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties, expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 2450 represents 69 K-12 support workers in Burton, Edgewood, Nakusp and New Denver in SD10. Members include Education Assistants, Bus Drivers, Clerical, Custodians, Trades and Strong Start workers who provide services to assist students in the Arrow Lakes district.

Comox Valley Early Years and K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

COURTENAY — Early Years and K-12 members of CUPE 439, reached a tentative agreement with School District #71 last week.

According to CUPE 439 President Denise Bullock, it was a productive and energetic round of bargaining. She noted that working collaboratively in a culture of relating to each other as human beings instead of “us vs them” made a big difference. The local’s bargaining committee has been together since last year and the tentative agreement was reached after six bargaining sessions.

“Although under enormous stress with the weight of the membership on our shoulders, our bargaining committee is confident that we achieved the best agreement we could,” said Bullock. “With the gains we’ve made, we hope our members will feel more respected and valued.”

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 439 represents just under 600 Early Years and K-12 workers in the Comox Valley including Trades, IT, Custodians, Library Clerks, Education Assistants, Program Workers, Support Workers, Administrative Assistants, and Distributed Learning Clerks.

Vancouver K-12 workers reach tentative agreement

K-12 support workers, members of CUPE Local 15, reached a tentative agreement with the Vancouver School Board yesterday, after five months of bargaining.

“Both bargaining teams worked well together and recognized the needs and concerns of our members,” said CUPE 15 President Warren Williams.

Staff representative for CUPE 15 and lead negotiator Kathie Currie noted that a full and comprehensive review of the current collective agreement was carried out as well as ongoing issues addressed. The two bargaining committees met a total of 9 times prior to reaching a tentative agreement.

“After 20 years, we finally had the opportunity to bargain collectively, with fewer restraints,” said Currie. “Both parties worked together amicably to achieve gains for our members in areas we were unable to make any headway previously.”

The provincial framework agreement (PFA) approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September forms part of the tentative agreement. The current K-12 agreement expires on June 30, 2019. When ratified by CUPE locals and school districts, the provincial agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of June.

CUPE 15 represents more than 2,000 K-12 support workers in Vancouver including Education Assistants, Indigenous Support Workers, Clerical, and IT who provide services to assist students in over 100 schools throughout Vancouver.