K-12 support workers in Delta, B.C., reach tentative agreement

Follows 12 sessions of bargaining that began in early May
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/16/2019
A school in School District No. 37 of Delta, B.C. Google Street View

CUPE 1091, K-12 support workers at School District 37 reached atentative agreement on July11 following 12 sessions of bargaining that began in earlyMay.

Thetentative agreement incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved bythe K-12 Presidents Council in September. The current K-12 agreement expired on June 30, 2019.When ratified by CUPE locals and school district boards of trustees, thecollective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.

Furtherdetails of the tentative agreement will not be available until afterratification by all parties. Ratification is expected to be completed in earlyJuly.

Each sideof the table had three members with no previous bargaining experience, says CUPE1091 President PattiPrice, and it speaks well to the ability of both sides to work sowell together to get things done.

"Withlots of good back-and-forth dialogue, we were able to compromise on some of thetougher issues, to make gains that each group wanted from the outset," saysPrice. "Our employer has always been good to deal with and we've alwaysbeen able to find common ground to benefit both sides."

CUPE 1091members, who provide a wide variety of services that support students, include educationassistants, youth care workers, Indigenous support workers, custodians, trades,clerical, maintenance, IT, crossing guards and supervision assistants as wellas administrative support. They provide K-12 support service in Delta at24 elementary and 7 secondary schools in the district.

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