Three days of intense bargaining produced a provincial framework deal for CUPE college support workers.
The template for agreement was reached late Sunday night by the College and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) and the government’s BC Post Secondary Employers’ Association.
The framework is for a no-concessions, four-year deal with no wage increases in the first two years and increases spread over the final two years in line with recent other public-sector agreements. The framework will go back to CUPE-staffed colleges, including North Island College, for finalizing agreements at local bargaining tables.
“This progress is a direct result of our co-ordinated job actions at Vancouver Island University, the College of New Caledonia, the College of the Rockies, North Island College and Camosun College,” said CUPE Local 1858 (VIU) president Deborah Hopper.
The CUPE Colleges Bargaining Committee (CCBC) represented more than 3,000 college support workers across the province in negotiations.