VANCOUVER, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - "After almost 80 bargaining sessions
and 16 sessions with mediator Dr. Charles Jago, public school employers
have reached a tentative collective agreement with the BC Teachers'
Federation," announced Melanie Joy, Chair of the BC Public School
Employers' Association (BCPSEA).
Among the provisions, the tentative colllective agreement standardizes
provincial language for a number of leaves, establishes a process for
the local/provincial bargaining process, and renews a number of
existing Letters of Understanding.
"The agreement is for a two-year term effective July 1, 2011 to June 30,
2013," said Joy. "We will be communicating the details of the proposed
agreement to our members — the province's public boards of education —
and engaging in the necessary discussion with them prior to the
ratification vote," said Joy. "Further information about the agreement
will be available after both parties have held their ratification
votes, which we anticipate will be completed by Wednesday, July 4,
"This is now the third collective agreement negotiated between BCPSEA
and the BCTF under the provincial bargaining structure," said Joy. "We
hope this tentative agreement will be carefully considered by both
boards of education and teachers, and that they will agree this is a
reasonable settlement at this time. For a variety of reasons it's been
a challenging round of bargaining, but we always believed that if the
parties could get down to focused discussions at the table, a
negotiated deal was possible. There's no question that an agreement
reached by the parties is always the best resolution, and that was
always BCPSEA's objective."
"This has been a difficult year for all those involved with the public
school system," Joy said. "We hope that boards and teachers will ratify
this agreement and that we can all look forward to the new school year
in September with a focus on what's really important — delivering the
best possible educational experience for our students."
BCPSEA is the accredited bargaining agent for the province's 60 public
boards of education.
SOURCE British Columbia Public School Employers' Association
For further information:
BC Public School Employers' Association
604 730 0739 | www.bcpsea.bc.ca