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Collective agreement ratified


School District No. 46 (SD46) and its support staff union, CUPE Local 801, received confirmation late last week from the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) that the school district’s memorandum of settlement has been ratified.

In September 2013, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) reached a tentative provincial framework agreement with BCPSEA. The framework agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC K-12 provincial bargaining sub-Committee.

Each school district worked with CUPE locals under the agreed provincial agreement. In SD46, bargaining was completed in mid-December. The next step was to have BCPSEA endorse the agreement, which they did as of Jan. 15, 2014.

“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with CUPE 801,” said SD46 school board chair Betty Baxter. “We deeply value the contribution of our support staff and their commitment to the excellent learning environment on the Sunshine Coast.”

The agreement provides a one percent wage increase on July 1, 2013, two percent on Feb. 1, 2014 and 0.5 percent on May 1, 2014.

“We appreciate the support we received from the community, teachers and school district,” added CUPE 801 president Carolyn Smith. “It was a lot of hard work for the local and school district bargaining teams in the face of the mandate that had been set out by the provincial government.”

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