Provincial Bargaining Update #7 from your K-12 provincial bargaining committee-September 23, 2022
Presidents Council endorses Provincial Framework Agreement
The K-12 Presidents are endorsing the new Provincial Framework Agreement reached last week. The British Columbia Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA) also endorses the agreement. Both recommend the agreement be part of local agreements.
The Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) has a three-year term in effect from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025. It includes general wage increases in each year.
July 1, 2022: $0.25 per hour wage increase plus an additional 3.24%
July 1, 2023: 5% increase, and up to 1.25% cost of living adjustment (COLA). For clarity, the general wage increase will be at minimum 5.5%, to a maximum of 6.75%
July 1, 2024: 2% increase, add up to a 1% COLA. For clarity, the general wage increase will be at minimum 2%, to a maximum of 3%.
COLA is according to the BC consumer price index annual average.
The PFA also includes provincial government funding for local bargaining to address local issues. It is based on full-time enrolled students in districts, with a minimum amount.
2024/2025: $17.8 million allocated, with a $60,000 minimum
2023/2024: $13.8 million allocated, with a $50,000 minimum
2022/2023: $11.5 million allocated to school districts, with a $40,000 minimum.
Other highlights of the framework agreement include:
Education: $50,000 per year in 2022 and 2023 for support staff education, with another $1,000,000 per year beginning in 2024. The joint Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC) will decide on allocating this money.
Workplace violence prevention: A new provincial joint health and safety task force. Its mandate includes supporting measures to address workplace violence prevention.
Benefits: $3 million in annual funding for potential benefit enhancements. Also, $1,000,000 in one time funding for addictions treatment support programs.
In addition to the PFA, the Ministry of Education will be increasing the Learning Improvement Fund to $25 million for the 2023/2024 school years. This will allow for more Education Assistant hours across the province.
The K-12 Presidents Council recommends the framework agreement for local bargaining proposals. PFA provisions come into effect when part of a ratified local collective agreement, with general increases retroactive to July 1, 2022. It is local collective agreements that members of K-12 locals approve and ratify.
Local bargaining needs to be completed and ratified by January 25, 2023. Stay tuned for Local Bargaining Updates.