Local Bargaining Update #1 May 9, 2019

Collective bargaining with the Vancouver School Board for a renewed collective agreement for IUOE members is now underway. We have held two bargaining sessions with further dates set for June and July 2019. While still in the early stages, the parties are making steady progress with agreement on a number of housekeeping matters.

Collective bargaining in the K-12 Sector is in two parts: a Provincial Framework Agreement and a Local Collective Agreement.

The Provincial Framework Agreement (“PFA”) was negotiated in July 2018 and it sets out matters such as wage increases and benefits. This PFA is fully-funded by government. In other words, there are no cuts or concessions required to pay for our well-deserved and modest raise of 6% over three years. This PFA applies to support staff unions in BC and will be voted on by IUOE members at the same time as we ratify a local collective agreement.

A final important note: While negotiations are underway the terms and conditions in our existing collective agreement (July 1, 2014- June 30, 2019) remain in place. The employer cannot unilaterally change terms and conditions of employment while we are engaged in bargaining. Further, the PFA provides an increase of 2% effective July 1/19. Should the parties reach agreement after this date (which is likely) the raise will be retro-active to July 1, 2019.

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VSB Annual Retirement Seminar to be held April 18, 2019

The VSB’s annual retirement seminar has been scheduled for Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Education Centre. Invitations will be sent out to all those who express interest in attending by February 28, 2019. Employees who are eligible to retire within the next five years and wish to attend must send an email to employeeservices@vsb.bc.ca before this date with “Retirement Seminar” in the subject line. When applying, please include your employee ID and which union/association you belong to.

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