March 3, 2000, Mission Joining nineteen other locals in giving their bargaining committee a strong strike mandate to use should that action become necessary, support staff for Mission School District, CUPE Local 593, voted 87% to do just that yesterday (March 2, 2000).
Al Wutzke, President of CUPE Local 593 Mission, said, “The members of this local feel its about time the government step in and make adjustments to ensure that the kind of unfair practice of eroding support staff and support services is brought to an end.”
CUPE Local 593, Mission Schools, is one of 47 locals who are part of the CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining Committee (SBC). Major issues for Mission workers are job security, benefits, pay equity and pensions.
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative said, “CUPE Local 593 joins other Lower Mainland locals including, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge, as well as fifteen other locals from around the province, in calling upon the government of British Columbia to help make sense of the bargaining mess currently running amok in the province.”
Al Wutzke, President CUPE Local 593
Mission School Support Workers
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative
Regular information updates regarding CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining can be found at www.cupe.bc.ca/sbc