BURNABY CUPE members in school boards across BC are being urged to support BC teachers in their fight for public education as they enter phase 1 of their job action to win a fair collective agreement.
We work as a team with teachers in the BC education system, said CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer Colleen Jordan, after strike notice was announced by the BC Teachers Federation. We provide a safe learning environment because we work together.
What affects the teachers affects us, added Jordan, herself a school board worker. So their fight is our fight both at the Labour Relations Board regarding essential services legislation and on the job.
Ongoing discussions with a sample of CUPEs 23,000 school board workers show that they view the essential services law as divisive. Sample survey groups agreed that the law would create chaos in schools and divide communities.
The essential services law undermines both our work and our childrens education, Jordan said.
Colleen Jordan, CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer,
604-291-9119 or 604-970-8117 (cell).