Most school support workers believe that the IIC recommendations are fair and meet the needs of CUPE school workers at this time, said Barry ONeill, president of CUPE BC. CUPE is counting on the co-operation of employers to ensure that the process for implementing this agreement is resolved through a bargaining template being negotiated in the next two weeks.
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative and Sectoral Bargaining Committee Bargaining Co-ordinator, said, Implementation details of parts of this agreement still remain to be worked out. Once again we are hoping to establish a template for resolution with the Vancouver Island Labour Relations Committee (VILRCO). Such a template should ensure speedy completions in the rest of the province.
“We are hoping to see the implementation of this contract before the start of the new school year, said ONeill, It is time for closure to a round of bargaining that was far to long and far too convoluted.
A third Industrial Inquiry Commission – one whose task is to examine bargaining structure – had its reporting deadline extended to November 30, 2000.
The extension of this deadline to November 30 will allow for consultation at the local level, said ONeill.
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative