Job action to continue at SFU child care

The BCGEU has served 72 hour strike notice at SFU Childcare Society for ongoing job action beginning the week of February 12, 2013.

We initiated job action this week when we targeted the Espuleta Child Care Centre for job action on Friday.

We have planned additional job action for the coming weeks and will be advising both you and the SFU parents, caregivers and the broader university community of additional job action each week.

The next job action will be on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Both programs at University (UCC) and Verdant will be closed and Early Childhood Educators at these centres will be picketing that day.

All remaining child care centres will remain open and will operate as usual.

You should know that your Bargaining Committee did not take the decision to strike lightly. We know that job action impacts and inconveniences the children you care for and their families.

We are focusing our job action at one child care center at this time, and have committed to giving parents at least three days notice ahead of any job action.

We feel that we have no choice but to resort to job action because the employer is not listening.

Bargaining ended in in early December when the employer responded to our second comprehensive proposal by saying there was “nothing further to discuss.” The employer has not indicated that they are willing to resume bargaining.

In addition to our proposal for modest wage increases and benefit improvements, outstanding issues that you have identified include:

Paid parking for regular part-time employees;
Including language in the Collective Agreement detailing an employee’s right to take Compassionate Care Leave and Family Responsibility Leave;
Discussion and agreement on a process for the scheduling of casual employees to cover absences due to sick leave.
For more information on what happens during job action, you may want to review these “Strike 101” resources available online at:

Click here to read the letter the BCGEU distributed to parents today at SFU.

Your Bargaining Committee appreciates your ongoing support during this difficult process. We will keep you advised of additional strike action as the weeks progress.

In solidarity,

Patty Bates, Bargaining Committee
Kathy Bergman, Bargaining Committee
Nita Pedersen, Bargaining Committee
Sheila Puga, BCGEU Staff Representative