Collective agreements ratified prior to new school year

Collective agreements ratified prior to new school year

Cowichan Valley School District comes to terms with CUPE and USW

The Board of Education of Cowichan Valley School District No. 79 has ratified new collective agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5101 and United Steel Workers Local 1-1937.

A School District news release indicated “the agreements build on the solid foundation in place from years past, and continue to put learners first, while ensuring employee concerns are acknowledged and addressed in a meaningful manner.”

These new agreements will be in effect until June 30, 2022.

“We are grateful to our bargaining teams, CUPE Local 5101, and USW Local 1-1937 members who worked hard towards this collective agreement, which we firmly believe is in the best interests of our learners and our employees,” said Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education of the Cowichan Valley School District.

“While bargaining can be a very challenging process I can say, on behalf of our committee, that we had a very respectful, meaningful and healthy round of bargaining discussions,” noted Tara Brooks, president of CUPE Local 5101. “All issues were thoroughly considered and I can say with confidence and satisfaction that both teams were fully present and participating elements in the successful outcome of a ratified agreement”,

Added Dusty Palmer, business agent, for USW 1-1937: “The USW Local 1-1937 is pleased to have concluded bargaining with the Cowichan Valley School District and looks forward to three more years of supporting the students and staff of the district.”