Vancouver Adult Educators ratify new local collective agreement with Vancouver School Board

    VANCOUVER, April 1 /CNW/ - "I am pleased to announce that Vancouver's
adult educators have ratified their new collective agreement with the
Vancouver School Board," says Janek Kuchmistrz, President of VESTA Adult
Educators Sub-local. "With this agreement, we have obtained equality with our
K-12 counterparts in regards to some outstanding financial issues."
    The adult educators voted at their General Meeting this afternoon,
April 1, 2007. At issue were harmonization monies awarded by arbitrator Vince
Ready to K-12 teachers in the fall of 2005, and other financial matters
stemming from the provincial agreement between K-12 teachers in BC and the BC
School Employers Association (BCPSEA).
    "Adult educators can now concentrate on the important services they
provide to adult students in Vancouver, without this situation dragging on any
further," says Janek Kuchmistrz.
    VESTA (Adult Educators) is a sub-local of the Vancouver Elementary School
Teachers Association (VESTA). It represents the adult educator employees
working for the Vancouver School Board.
    VESTA President Glen Hansman comments: "This new agreement with the
Vancouver School Board is proof again that local collective bargaining can
work for both teachers and school boards."

For further information:

For further information: please contact Janek Kuchmistrz, VESTA Adult
Educators Sub-local President, at (604) 875-0797 or

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