Tentative deal reached with B.C. school-support staff 0
Tens of thousands of students have left from B.C. schools in the past 13 years and education officials can only speculate where they went. (FOTOLIA)
Job action at schools may be averted as Victoria has announced a tentative deal with school support workers who have been pushing for a wage increase.
The province has decided the 33,000 public school support staff, most from the Canadian Union of Public Employees, should receive wage increases of 3.5% over two years — to be paid for by individual school districts.
The unionized support staff include educational assistants, secretaries, caretakers support workers, bus drivers, janitors and more.
CUPE BC president Mark Hancock said the workers are vital to “keeping schools clean, safe and inclusive.”