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BURNABY—Education Assistants (EAs) in B.C.’s K-12 sector have until June 30 to have their say in a province-wide survey into unpaid work and other issues.

CUPE K-12 coordinator Bill Pegler says that the survey is an historic effort to gather concrete information about a major part of B.C.’s K-12 workforce. CUPE represents over 13,000 members working as education assistants in B.C. public schools. But the survey is not just for CUPE members.

CUPE has been working with other unions, including CMAW (Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers), and wants to see as many classroom-based support workers as possible participate,” says Pegler.

CUPE survey administrator John Malcolmson says that it is critically important to get the maximum number of education assistants completing the survey. “The contribution of Education Assistants is enormous, but too often they are invisible. We are seeking to fully document the nature and extent of the job they do, including the problem of unpaid work. Every EA should take this opportunity to tell their story.”

Have your say – go to www.bceducationassistants.ca - the CUPE education assistants’ website - and follow the link on the site to complete the survey. This will take about 10 minutes.

More information: John Malcolmson, EA Survey Administrator, 604 291-1940