After months of training, research, consultations and discussions, the K-12 sector provincial bargaining committee is confident it’s ready to start negotiations. This week, the K-12 Presidents Council gave its overwhelming endorsement to the bargaining committee’s proposals and priorities for a provincial framework agreement.
Guided by the results of the provincial bargaining survey, the top bargaining priority will be fair wages that recognize the expertise, experience, and dedication of the provinces over 30,000 school support workers.
The bargaining committee met for several days in January to review the provincial bargaining survey results and draft proposals to best address the concerns raised by members.
The message from the survey and input from K-12 local presidents is clear – school support workers need and deserve fair wages and supports to keep providing vital services to this province’s students, families, schools, and communities.
Contract talks for the Provincial Framework Agreement will begin on February 8 and continue until March 3.
The bargaining committee will open negotiations with the B.C. Public School Employers Association on February 8th, with nine days of negotiations scheduled between then and March 3rd.
The bargaining committee will be sending out regular bulletins as negotiations progress. Watch for them at bcschools.cupe.ca, directly from your local, and on our social media – @cupek12bc.
The K12 sector provincial bargaining committee includes elected representatives from each region. They are:
Paul Simpson, Chair
Francine Brisson (alternate)
Paul Knapik (alternate)
Andrew Schneider (alternate)
Tracey Dahlin (alternate)
James Fox (alternate)
Heather Skarbo (alternate)
Ken Evans (alternate)
Other support staff unions:
The committee will be assisted by a team of CUPE National staff.
With bargaining for the K-12 Provincial Framework Agreement approaching, your Provincial Bargaining Committee needs your input on bargaining priorities.
It should only take about 15-20 minutes of your time. This survey is your chance to have a say on the priorities of your Provincial Bargaining Committee.
Some survey questions that are included are personal in nature. This is so that we can gain a better understanding of the demographics and needs of our membership and more effectively ensure that employers respect your rights.
All answers will be kept CONFIDENTIAL by CUPE, and they WILL NOT be shared with the employer or any other union members.
The Provincial Bargaining Committee includes representatives from all regions of B.C. and has developed this survey for all K-12 support staff across the province. The survey results will provide guidance for the Provincial Bargaining Committee as we develop our bargaining proposals.
Your answers will be kept confidential, and they will be invaluable to your bargaining committee. The results will also be shared with your Local to help inform bargaining at your Local table. We want to hear your voice!
The survey will be open until December 17, 2021.
You can access the survey here: survey-sondage.cupe.ca/index.php/664693
Thank you in advance from your Provincial Bargaining Committee!