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February 24, 2000, Langley CUPE members who work for the outside local of the Langley School Board will take a strike vote on March 11, 2000. CUPE local 1851, Langley Schools belong to CUPEs K-12 47-member Sectoral Bargaining Committee (SBC).

The local reached an impasse in bargaining when it became clear that the employer was not able to resolve issues of significant importance to the 200 members, particularly job security.

Glenn Bohl, President of CUPE local 1851 said, ” Look, the members of this local are fed up with being at the end of the line when it comes to respect and job security. When students, parents, teachers and administrators want something done in maintenance or custodial, they come running to us. But when it comes to ensuring that we are actually there to do the job and when our services are at riskadministrators in particular dont seem to remember who we are.”

Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative and SBC co-ordinator said, “Members of CUPE 1851 join the growing list of frustrated CUPE members who are looking for some fairness to be brought to the system, particularly in the areas of job security, pay equity, benefits, pensions and wages. We hope that government and the BCPSEA are paying attention to this growing frustration.”

Glenn Bohl, President, CUPE Local 1851 Langley Schools (Outside)
Gary Johnson, CUPE national representative
(604) 219-3703

Regular information updates regarding CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining can be found at www.cupe.bc.ca/sbc

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