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VANCOUVER—Three days of intense bargaining has produced a provincial framework deal for CUPE college support workers. The template for agreement was reached late Sunday night by the College and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) and the government’s BC Post Secondary Employers’ Association.

The framework is for a no concessions, four-year deal with no wage increases in the first two years (under the provincial Net Zero Mandate) and increases spread over the final two years in line with recent other public sector agreements.

The framework will now go back to CUPE-staffed colleges for finalizing agreements at local bargaining tables.

CUPE BC Colleges Coordinator Ian McLean said, “it was the unity and determined action of the CUPE college members standing strong that helped bring about the talks with the government and it was solidarity with our colleagues in other college support staff unions that brought us to a satisfactory framework.”

“This progress is a direct result of our coordinated job actions at Vancouver Island University, the College of New Caledonia, the College of the Rockies, North Island College and Camosun College,” said CUPE Local 1858 (VIU) President Deborah Hopper. “The ongoing unified actions by our collective team of institutions, including our two-day strikes, departmental shutdowns, rallies, and campus watch-dogging, kept the government serious in their work with us over those three long days of bargaining.”

The CUPE Colleges Bargaining Committee (CCBC) was at the table representing more than 3,000 college support workers across the province. Also at the table as part of the CISSBA were representatives of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union and the Canadian Union of Office and Professional Employees.

CUPE also represents workers at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College and Vancouver Community College through locals which were not involved in the weekend negotiations.

Website: bccolleges.cupe.ca     

Twitter: @CUPEbcpse

For more information, please contact:

Ian McLean
CUPE BC Colleges Coordinator

Murray Bush
CUPE National Communications Representative


Pam Catsirelis
CUPE 2773 President, College of the Rockies

Lily Bachand
CUPE 4951 President, College of New Caledonia

Louise Oetting
CUPE 2081 Chief Steward, Camosun College

Michelle Waite
CUPE 3479 President, North Island College

Deborah Hopper
CUPE 1858 President, Vancouver Island University

Jo Hansen
CUPE 4627 Chief Steward, Vancouver Community College