Harrison Hot Springs Elementary students take part in the school’s Bunny Run on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Support staff at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary and K-12 schools across the district have ratified a three-year agreement that will see them receive a two per cent pay increase each year. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Fraser Cascade support staff ratify three-year agreement

The agreement will see support staff workers get a two per cent wage increase each year

More than 150 support staff employees in the Fraser Cascade School District will be going into the next three years with a ratified union contract.

The Fraser Cascade School District, the BC Public School Employers’ Association board of directors and CMAW Local 2423 have ratified a three-year agreement to provide a two per cent wage increase to the support staff each year.

The agreement covers workers in a variety of positions — including maintenance workers, custodians and education — and has a three-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

In addition to the two per cent wage increase, the agreement will also provide “additional local funds negotiated that result in tangible improvements to service delivery,” the province said in a news release.

Requests for more information to CMAW Local 2423 have not been answered, but other unions around the province have received things like a professional development fund for employees; targeted increases for trades, bilingual and first aid staff; monthly collaboration time for EAs; and increased hours for bus drivers on the rotational list to drive for curricular and extracurricular activities.

The three-year agreement falls under a provincial framework, endorsed last year by the Canadian Union of Public Employees presidents’ council and the BC Public School Employers Association’s board of directors.

RELATED: K-12 union support staff in B.C. agree to three-year framework agreement

The district is one of 25 across the province that have ratified support staff agreements, although many others remain on edge as talks go into mediation or strikes.

In Chilliwack, the board of education and the support staff union agreed to mediation at the end of October. The two sides are set to meet with a mediator on Nov. 5 and 6 to come up with an agreement for the 924 school district employees.

In Saanich, support workers have been striking since Oct. 28, as the local union looks to secure wage parity with other southern Vancouver Island school districts. Now in its second week, the school board has put an offer on the table to apply larger wage increases to education assistants and other clerical, secretarial and school support positions to reduce the difference between school districts.



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Harrison Hot Springs Resort eases in to reopening

Reservations available Friday, May 29

Potential for gravel removal this summer in Chilliwack has riled river stewards

Group says no ‘discernible merit’ for gravel mining when balanced off with the environmental damage

Kent council votes 4-1 in favour of Teacup properties development

Coun. Kerstin Schwichtenberg was the only ‘no’ in difficult vote

MP Vis advocates for faster internet in rural communities

Less than 45 per cent of rural households in Canada have high-speed internet

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Ken Monkhouse, ‘Monkey’ on Highway Thru Hell TV show, passes away

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

36 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario, Quebec care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in long-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

B.C. poison control sees spike in adults, children accidentally ingesting hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer sales and usage have gone up sharply amid COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. man with Alberta plates gets car keyed and aggressive note

Some out-of-province people are finding hostile reception due to COVID-19 worries

Most Read