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CUPE education support workers begin bargaining

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(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.


Rob Hewitt
K-12 Sector Coordinator

Janet Szliske
CUPE Communications Representative



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