CUPE 779 K-12 Sea to Sky workers reach tentative agreement

SQUAMISH — CUPE 779, K-12 support workers at SD48 (Sea to Sky), reached a tentative agreement on June 21 following 7 bargaining sessions with the employer.

CUPE 779 President Andrea Smith said that bargaining was respectful on both sides and had high praise for her bargaining committee.

“Our whole bargaining team was absolutely awesome,” said Smith. “We had a really great team with representatives from almost every type of service our members provide.”

CUPE 779 members ratified the tentative agreement on Saturday, June 22. Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed this month.

Tentative agreements reached during local bargaining become part of the complete package members vote to ratify, that also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. 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.

CUPE 779 members provide all non-teaching services including Education Assistants, Custodial, Maintenance, Bus Drivers, Mechanics, and Clerical – naming just a few.

The local represents almost 300 members in SD48 who support students in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, as well as six Aboriginal communities: Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw, Lil’wat Nation, N’Quatqua Band, Samhquam Ucwalmicw, Skatin Nations, Xa’xtsa and the Metis, Inuit and Off-Reserve Aboriginal Nations.

CUPE 401 K-12 workers in SD85 reach tentative agreement

CUPE 401 members who support K-12 at SD85 reached a tentative agreement on June 20, following four bargaining sessions.

“This employer was open to finding ways to reach an agreement that benefitted all parties,” said CUPE 401 President Blaine Gurrie.

The tentative agreement will form part of the full collective agreement that members will vote to ratify that also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. 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 in June.

CUPE 401 members provide a wide variety of services in K-12 including EAs, Custodians, Bus Drivers, Clerical, and Trades.

The local represents 2,100 members across the Island with almost 200 members in SD85 who support students in the northern region of Vancouver Island.

CUPE 4991 K-12 outside workers in Prince George reach tentative agreement

PRINCE GEORGE — CUPE 4991, K-12 maintenance and grounds workers at SD57, reached a tentative agreement on June 21 following two days of bargaining.

“I certainly appreciated the commitment of our bargaining committee – who were mainly new to bargaining – and the support from our National Servicing Representative,” said CUPE 4991 President Shayne Jameson.

The tentative agreement reached at the local bargaining table will become part of the complete package members will vote to ratify, that also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidents Council in September. 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 in June.

CUPE 4991 members provide a wide variety of services including Grounds, Maintenance, Trades, Electricians, Technicians, Carpenters, Labourers, and Repairmen.

The local represents approximately 50 members in Prince George who maintain all facilities and grounds in SD57 (Prince George).

CUPE 4177 K-12 support workers in Nechako Lakes reach tentative agreement

NECHAKO LAKES — CUPE 4177, K-12 support workers at SD91 (Nechako Lakes), reached a tentative agreement on Friday. The two parties started bargaining June 11 and after four sessions, including some 12-hour days, wrapped it up with signatures on June 21.

“We had the best bargaining committee in place that there could ever be,” said CUPE 4177 President Florence Robertson.

Robertson said that despite the best efforts of both parties, their expectations were hindered because of an unclear process around Service Improvement Allocation.

“From our perspective, bargaining was disappointing because there wasn’t enough clarity on bargaining the local funds negotiated under the provincial framework agreement,” said Robertson.

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 this month.

CUPE 4177 members provide a wide variety of services that support students including Education Assistants, Aboriginal Support Workers, Child Care Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Bus Drivers, Maintenance, IT and Administrative Support.

The Local represents between 300 and 400 members in K-12 who provide support services to more than 3,500 students in Fort St James, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Grassy Plains, Granisle, Francois Lake and Burns Lake.

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

Fort St. John K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

FORT ST. JOHN — CUPE 4653, K-12 support workers in SD60 (Peace River North) reached a tentative agreement on June 19 following a two-day session.

“It was a productive bargaining session with professionalism and respect shown on both sides,” said CUPE 4653 President Maureen Hummel. “I am extremely proud of our bargaining team for their dedication and passion as they worked to make sure that ‘no one was left behind’.”

Hummel said that the Local’s national servicing representative brought knowledge and experience to the table, enabling the very new bargaining team to achieve a tentative agreement that provided something for all members.

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 4653 members provide a wide variety of services to support children including Aboriginal Support Workers, Clerical, Custodial, Educational Assistants, Maintenance, School Bus Drivers, Trades, Technology and Youth Care Workers.

CUPE 4653 represents more than 500 members who provide services in Fort St. John and the surrounding communities of Baldonnel, Buick Creek, Clearview, Hudson’s Hope, Montney, North Pine, Pineview, Prespatou, Taylor, Upper Halfway and Wonowon in the North Peace region.

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

CUPE 1260 K-12 support workers in Langley reach tentative agreement

LANGLEY — CUPE 1260, K-12 support workers in SD35 began bargaining on May 23 and reached a tentative agreement on June 19.

CUPE 1260 President Sharla Mauger acknowledged the hard work and mutual consideration given to the value of the bargaining process.

“It was refreshing to come to the table and bargain in this manner,” adds Mauger. “Our committee put in a lot of hard work and some really long hours in their commitment to get a fair deal for our members – in a timely manner.” Mauger also expressed appreciation to the CUPE National Representative who assisted the local with bargaining.

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 in June.

CUPE 1260 represents approximately 1,000 members in SD35. Members work in a wide variety of roles to support students in Langley throughout their K-12 and early years education.

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

Coquitlam K-12 support workers reach tentative agreement

COQUITLAM — CUPE 561, K-12 support workers, reached a tentative agreement (TA) with SD43 on Wednesday. Bargaining began on April 24 and a TA was reached after 7 sessions.

“The deal was achieved because of money negotiated for local tables in the provincial framework agreement,” said CUPE 561 President Dave Ginter. “And having many locals reaching settlements helped nudge the parties a little closer to the deal.”

The provincial framework agreement 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 561 represents approximately 1900 members who provide a wide variety of services to students in Coquitlam. Members include Education Assistants, Aboriginal Support Workers, Child Care Workers, Custodians, Food Service Workers, Grounds, Trades, Clerical, IT, and Administrative Support as well as workers at the maintenance shop, in continuing education and in our international education department, the largest in the province.

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

CUPE 4165 K-12 support workers in SD5 reach tentative agreement

CRANBROOK — CUPE 4165, K-12 support workers, reached a tentative agreement with SD5 (Southeast Kootenay) on Tuesday. Bargaining began in February and the employer and union met 12 days in total.

“We wanted to reach an agreement by the end of June and I’m glad we made that goal,” said CUPE 4165 Acting President Irene Bischler. “We worked well as a team, with our biggest focus being on what was best for members.”

Bischler noted that this round of bargaining had its ups and downs. She praised her National Servicing Representative for “his unbelievable leadership and guidance that led us through bargaining,” especially important because most of the union committee were new to bargaining.

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 the month.

CUPE 4165 members provide a wide variety of services that support students including Education Assistants, Aboriginal Support Workers, Youth Care Workers, Custodians, Trades, Clerical, Technology Technicians, and Bus Drivers.

The Local represents approximately 375 K-12 support workers in Cranbrook, Jaffray, Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford in the southeast Kootenay region.

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

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.