The contract negotiated under the Sustainable Services Bargaining Mandate, which applies to all public sector employers with unionized workers whose collective agreements expire on December 31, 2018 or after December 31, 2018, has a three-year term with general wage increases of 2% per year. Further details of the interim agreement will only be available after ratification by all parties. The ratification is expected to be completed by the end of November. This agreement brings to 54 the number of local CUPE residents who have entered into agreements, with three remaining residents. With the recent ratification between BCPSEA (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers` Federation (BCTF), a new collective agreement applies to the Kamloops Thompson Teachers` Association (KTTA) and School District 73. The following pay schedules reflect the increases in the six-year collective agreement (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019) between BCTF and BCPSEA [including the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD)], which were: September 1, 2014 – 2.0%; January 1, 2015 – 1.25%; May 1, 2016 – ESD – 0.45%; July 1, 2016 – 1.00%; May 1, 2017 – ESD – 0.35%; July 1, 2017 – 0.50%; May 1, 2018 – ESD 0.40 per cent – 1.00%; July 1, 2018 – 0.50%; May 1, 2019 – ESD – 0.75% – 1.00%. “Our teachers play a vital role in our public school system, particularly in our current challenges of providing educational continuity to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Kathleen Karpuk, Chair of the SD73 Board of Education. “The Ministry of Education is pleased to approve the agreement to increase salaries and other employment benefits under the provincial mandate.” Nearly 870 SD73 teachers are affected by the agreement from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022. The agreement from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 covers 850 animators at SD73, including certified education assistants, bus drivers, off-road staff, red-sealed craftsmen, administrators, employees and library assistants. “I think with the local resources available from the BC SECTOR Employers Association (BCPSEA) and the perimeter, where we were able to use it, we have reached an agreement that benefits all our CUPE employees,” said Corey Grabner, President of CUPE Local 3500.
CUPE 3500, K-12 support worker in Kamloops/Thomson, BC, school district (School District 73) obtained an interim agreement on October 30 after 11 bargaining sessions, which began on June 18. In addition, CUPE 3500 and SD73 were able to negotiate changes to the collective agreement to reflect new labour laws, gender-neutral language, clarification of leave rights, and changes to the “Trades Days Off” language. The provincial agreement with the support of Ombudsman David Schaub is valid for a three-year term, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The agreement provides for general wage increases of 2% on 1 July for each year of the agreement; a 1% increase in the highest teacher pay in each district from 1 July 2020; an increase in the rate of teachers leaving a contract position; and a one-time $12 million to provide tutoring opportunities for young teachers. The interim agreement also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Board of Governors in September. The current K-12 contract expired on June 30, 2019. The collective agreement will enter into force from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022. The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3500 voted 85 per cent on Saturday, November 16, 2019 to ratify a collective agreement with School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson). “Negotiations between CUPE 3500 and SD73 were conducted with respect,” said Alison Sidow, Superintendent, School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson).
“We are very pleased that the Board of Education has approved the agreement that allows auxiliaries to obtain a well-deserved increase and other employment benefits under the provincial mandate.” “KTTA is pleased that an agreement has been reached between BCTF and BCPSEA,” said Laurel Macpherson, KTTA President.