Sd73 Collective Agreement

“Our teachers play a vital role in our public school system, particularly in our current challenges of providing educational continuity to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Kathleen Karpuk, Chair of the SD73 Board of Education. “The Ministry of Education is pleased to approve the agreement to increase salaries and other employment benefits under the provincial mandate.” The contract negotiated under the Sustainable Services Bargaining Mandate, which applies to all public sector employers with unionized workers whose collective agreements expire on December 31, 2018 or after December 31, 2018, has a three-year term with general wage increases of 2% per year. “Negotiations between CUPE 3500 and SD73 were conducted with respect,” said Alison Sidow, Superintendent, School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson). “We are very pleased that the Board of Education has approved the agreement that allows auxiliaries to obtain a well-deserved increase and other employment benefits under the provincial mandate.” Nearly 870 SD73 teachers are affected by the agreement from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022. The following pay schedules reflect the increases in the six-year collective agreement (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2019) between BCTF and BCPSEA [including the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD)], which were: September 1, 2014 – 2.0%; January 1, 2015 – 1.25%; May 1, 2016 – ESD – 0.45%; July 1, 2016 – 1.00%; May 1, 2017 – ESD – 0.35%; July 1, 2017 – 0.50%; May 1, 2018 – ESD 0.40 per cent – 1.00%; July 1, 2018 – 0.50%; May 1, 2019 – ESD – 0.75% – 1.00%. In addition, CUPE 3500 and SD73 were able to negotiate changes to the collective agreement to reflect new labour laws, gender-neutral language, clarification of leave rights, and changes to the “Trades Days Off” language. The agreement from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022 covers 850 animators at SD73, including certified education assistants, bus drivers, off-road staff, red-sealed craftsmen, administrators, employees and library assistants. The provincial agreement with the support of Ombudsman David Schaub is valid for a three-year term, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The agreement provides for general wage increases of 2% on 1 July for each year of the agreement; a 1% increase in the highest teacher pay in each district from 1 July 2020; an increase in the rate of teachers leaving a contract position; and a one-time $12 million to provide tutoring opportunities for young teachers.