School District 50 offices in Queen Charlotte (Haida Gwaii Observer/File photo)

Haida Gwaii support workers strike deal with school district

New agreement will be in effect for the next three years

After a lengthy bargaining session, Haida Gwaii’s K-12 support workers reached a deal with School District 50 on June 13.

The support workers are represented by CUPE Local 2020, and represent a number of different roles including education assistants, library clerks, bus drivers, maintenance workers, resource workers, and more.

READ MORE: Haida Gwaii bus drivers will become district employees.

One of the main sticking points between the union and the district was the use of funds allotted under the provincial framework agreement for the purpose of local bargaining issues.

The two sides were able to find common ground on the issue however, and after nearly two months of negotiations that began on April 22, settled on a deal that will last until June 30, 2022.

Local 2020 President Ken Evans was pleased with the outcome. “Bargaining was good with lots of discussion, and we came to a good place for all parties. I think our members will be happy with the agreement,” Evans said in a press release.

“I’d like to thank the bargaining committee and our National Representative for coming together to work through this as a team.”

The agreement is currently being ratified, a process which is expected to be completed before the end of June. Upon ratification, more details regarding the deal will be made available.

Alex Kurial | Journalist
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the Haida Gwaii Observer on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii sportfishing lodges set to shut down

Tourism company wants to enact experiences more in line with Haida values

Immediate deal to reinstate AMHS in Prince Rupert not out of the question: Mayor Brain

B.C., Alaska officials fail to sign ferry deal in Juneau to reinstate service from Ketchikan

‘It affects everybody:’ Trudeau’s brownface photos worry Wet’suwet’en chief

Skeena-Bulkley Valley Liberal candidate declines to comment on prime minister’s indiscretion

Haida Gwaii art gala seeks submissions

Annual fundraiser supports local artists and programs

On The Wing: Raptors in the wind, shearwaters in the waves

By Margo Hearne A hawk glides over the dune ridges. It circles,… Continue reading

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Most Read