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CUPE education staff talks to resume Sept. 4
Talks between the province and CUPE education workers are set to resume next week, the day after classes start for the 2013/14 school year.
Bargaining broke down on Aug. 9, but are now set to resume after nearly a month-long hiatus on Sept. 4. CUPE represents more than 27,000 education workers in the Kindergarten through Grade 12 system in the province.
"For the first time, we have reason to believe that there has been work done by government and employers to develop a bargaining position that warrants our return to the negotiating table," said Colin Pawson, chair of the CUPE BC K-12 presidents' council.
Richmond Board of Education chair Donna Sargent said she's glad the two sides are scheduled to meet again.
"We're just hoping for a negotiated settlement and we're happy to hear the government (will be) back at the table...negotiating.
Sargent said she's hoping a settlement will be negotiated quickly, and that the province provides school districts with adequate funding to cover any change in costs.
"CUPE education workers keep B.C. schools clean, safe and inclusive," said Pawson.
According to a press release, it has been more than four years since the education assistants, clerical staff, trades, custodians, bus drivers and other workers have received a wage increase.
Nearly all 57 CUPE locals who represent education workers have achieved a strike mandate.