VANCOUVER, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Teachers at Inlingua, an
English-as-a-Second-Language school in downtown Vancouver, have voted
to ratify their first collective agreement. The vote follows four
months of negotiations between a bargaining committee comprised of
teachers from the school and the school's owner.
"My fellow instructors are pleased that one, we now have a transparent
pay scale with established rules about moving up the scale and two, on
top of that we have regular pay increases set out in the contract,"
said Jacob Pejvack a member of the bargaining team.
ETEA President Michael Wicks was even more sanguine. "Through
unionization and helping to negotiate contracts, we are raising the
profile of teachers in different branches of the education sector.
Together we are claiming the respect, benefits and job security
commensurate with the professional work that we all do."
The ETEA (Education and Training Employees Association) has been
actively organizing instructors at ESL, Career Colleges and other
educational institutions since the fall of 2007. Its efforts have
yielded noticeable results. Prior to this the ETEA was a Union
representing teachers at just one private language school. With the
addition of Inlingua, the Union now represents teachers from seven
The chair of ETEA's Organizing Committee, Jean Ardila, alluded to this
when he stated, "Thanks to the ongoing support from our federation,
FPSE, we have been able to reach out to teachers and they have
responded. We are confident that as more people learn about us, they
will step forward and join ETEA."
Inlingua's contract takes effect January 1, 2013. Teachers there had
voted to join the ETEA in a certification vote on July 16, 2012.
Meanwhile the ETEA salutes teachers at EF International, who have become
the latest ESL school in Vancouver to become unionized. Despite strong
opposition from the employer, teachers there never wavered. They were
certified on January 28, 2013.
SOURCE: Education and Training Employees Association
For further information:
Michael Wicks, President ETEA, 604-682-2465 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; Jean Ardila, Chairperson ETEA Organizing Committee, email@example.com; or visit the website: www.eteaunion.org