No strike in schools

  • Sep. 27, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Support staff in islands’ schools will not be going on strike, after they and others like them across BC reached a tentative contract deal with the province. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by union members, was reached just before midnight September 18. There are about 50 CUPE members working for School District 50 on Haida Gwaii. “I think it’s good, CUPE certainly deserves an increase in pay. We are looking forward to working together to make sure everything is successful,” said School District 50 superintendent Angus Wilson. The tentative agreement will cost the school district about $40,000 this year and more next year. However, Mr. Wilson said the school district has budgeted for this increase. Under the deal, CUPE members’ wages increased 1 percent in July, and will increase 2 percent in February, another half a percent in May. The contract must be ratified before the end of December and expires in June.

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