BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 3, 2014) - CUPE will begin bargaining a new collective agreement this afternoon on behalf of education support workers throughout British Columbia.
"We are looking to reach a fair and reasonable settlement for our members," said K-12 sector coordinator Rob Hewitt.
CUPE will exchange proposals with the Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) today.
Hewitt says that funding public education is a top priority for CUPE.
CUPE represents more than 27,000 education support workers in 57 school districts throughout B.C. including: education assistants, school secretaries, caretakers, First Nations support workers, IT workers, Strong Start facilitators, trades and maintenance workers, and bus drivers. Their contract expires at the end of the month.