Nanaimo/Ladysmith K-12 support workers ratify tentative agreement

Follows many sessions of bargaining that began in early April
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/24/2019
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CUPE 606, K-12 support workers at School District 68 in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., reached a tentative agreement on July 14. Google Street View

CUPE 606, K-12 support workers at School District 68 in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, B.C., reached a tentative agreement on July 14 following many sessions of bargaining that began in early April.

The tentative agreement incorporates the provincial framework agreement approved by the 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, the collective agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.

Further details of the tentative agreement will be available after ratification by all parties, which is expected to be completed in this month. 

"Our committee was pleased with the outcome,” said CUPE 606 president Rob Zver. "We were able to achieve improvements that will touch almost all members."

CUPE 606 members, who provide services that support students, include education assistants, family youth child support workers, Indigenous support workers, custodians, clerical, trades, maintenance, grounds, IT, community school coordinators, cafeteria workers, administrative support, bus drivers, and Strong Start workers. The Local of 700-plus members provides K-12 support in 27 elementary and seven secondary schools in SD68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith).

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