Despite the result of union members` vote on the agreement, schools will be open on Monday. Kari McCune, whose seven-year-old son went to see Sidney Elementary, said she was delighted that the union and the district had reached an interim agreement, as long as the agreement aligns the salaries of support officers in agreement with neighboring neighborhoods. Dean Coates, president of the Canadian Union of Local Employees 441, said the interim agreement is covered by the provincial mandate, which limits public sector wage increases to two per cent per year over three years. The mandate had been a sensitive issue in the negotiations and the union called on the province to release more funds. Update: A three-week strike that has kept students away from the Saanich School District is over after union members voted to pass a contract this weekend. District Chief Dave Eberwein said the district was « extremely pleased » that an interim agreement had been reached. He hoped that the interim agreement would take due account of pay parity as well as the commitment and commitment of auxiliaries. Neither side discusses the details of the agreement until union members meet to see the agreement at a ratification meeting scheduled for Sunday. The deal includes general wage increases of two percent each year of the three-year contract, he said. School District 63(Saanich) human resources department is responsible for labour relations; Employment Staff development and organisational the health, safety and rehabilitation of staff; Benefits and benefits. « I hope they have drawn up an agreement, so we won`t have to do it in three years, » she said.
Nearly 8,000 students in schools in Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney have been out of school for three weeks since the auxiliary launched an employment operation on October 28. Coates said the difference in pay, up to several dollars an hour for some roles, had made it difficult to recruit and retain staff, leading to chronic short-time classrooms. « CUPE was at stake for us. It`s the first time they`ve asked us, so of course we were on board, » he said. The union, which represents about 500 auxiliaries, including educators, facilitators, bus drivers and administrative staff, aimed for pay parity with neighbouring districts. « From a teacher`s perspective, we understand the impact they have on our schools, that students are not getting the support they need, » Peterson said. Taylor said there will be a lot of work to be done to get students back on track, especially for high school students thinking about college. Next week, he will meet with Eberwein to discuss how to support high school students.
« I don`t think people understood the crisis we`ve had in our district, » Martin said, adding that she supported the union`s fight for pay parity. Unfilled teaching positions at their son`s school meant that he had been discharged more than once home because there were not enough support staff. He said teachers were determined to support striking workers in their fight for pay parity. Join our team today! You`ll find current job opportunities on SD63. « It`s a happy ending to a really desperate situation, » she said. Taylor wants parents to be aware of the stress and anxiety that some students may feel as a result of lost teaching time, and to keep an eye on mental health issues.