September 24, 2019
After a lengthy bargaining session on Monday September 23, 2019 the Local Union and Vancouver School Board have reached a tentative collective agreement.
There will be a ratification vote on SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019 AT THE CROATIAN CULTURAL CENTRE, 3250 COMMERCIAL DRIVE, VANCOUVER, COMMENCING AT 10:00 AM.
A presentation of all contract amendments will take place at this meeting. This will include,
-A vote on whether to keep our existing Extended Health Benefit Plan or move to the provincially-negotiated Standardized Benefit Plan;
-A vote to adopt or reject the tentative local agreement AND the Provincial Framework Agreement.
Membership voting will take place after the presentation.
After 9 sessions of bargaining with representatives of the Vancouver School Board the parties are heading in a positive direction towards reaching a local settlement. A further bargaining session will be held September 23, 2019 after a comprehensive meeting with Board negotiators yesterday. We are hopeful that the parties will be able to conclude a revised collective agreement on that day.
Your IUOE negotiating team has met with the Vancouver School Board for eight sessions, including meetings dedicated to Cafeteria Workers and Supervision Aides’ issues. The parties have been making steady progress throughout these negotiations and further sessions are planned for September 2019. While there is still much work to do, we are on target to meet the ratification deadline of November 30, 2019.