BC Government and support staff in 6 districts reach deal

VANCOUVER, B.C. — While the teachers and the B.C. Government’s battle over compensation, class sizes and composition wages on, support staff in six districts have come to an agreement with the provincial government.

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More than 3,000 workers have ratified a new five-year agreement.  Support staff in Burnaby, Comox Valley, Vancouver Island West, Sooke, Powell River and West Vancouver have signed off on a new contract, effective July 1 to June 30, 2019. It sees them receive a 5.5 per cent wage increase over that period.

Additionally, the terms of the arrangement outline that within 30 days of the Board of Education, local union and the BC Public School Employers’ Association signing off on a collective agreement, the board will reimburse support staff for scheduled hours they were not able to work during the teachers’ strike.

The remaining districts are working to ratify agreements by November, 2014.

“These six ratified agreements mean that more than 3,000 support staff are now covered by settlements and can begin to see some of the money they lost during the BCTF’s strike action,” said Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, in a statement.