The K-12 Presidents Council executive board is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement was reached between the K-12 Provincial Bargaining Council (PBC) and the British Columbia Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) late Thursday evening on a provincial framework agreement. The three-year agreement takes effect on July 1, 2019 and remains in effect until June 30, 2022.
Highlights of the agreement include:
- General wage increases of 2% in each year of the three-year contract
- Language on violence in the workplace
- Establishment of the Joint Occupational Health Safety (OH&S) Taskforce
- An OH&S evaluation to be conducted at each K-12 worksite (1,367 in total)
- Right to refuse unsafe work language is now included in the agreement
- Establishment of the Provincial Labour Management Committee
- A skills enhancement fund
- Additional funds have been committed to continuing implementation of a province-wide, gender-neutral job evaluation program
- For the first time in almost 20 years, there is new money for local bargaining as part of the agreement
"The K-12 Provincial Bargaining Council and BCPSEA worked hard this week," says K-12 Presidents Council President Warren Williams. "We were able to attain gains that strengthened our local bargaining ability and addressed some of the issues that are most important to our members."
Once endorsed by the K-12 Presidents Council, it will form the provincial agreement portion of proposals that will go forward in local bargaining between BCGEU and their respective school districts.
Download PDF of notice here.
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