CUPE’s education workers launch new ad campaign to build support

By Amy Judd Global News   http://globalnews.ca   August 25, 2013

CUPE’s education workers are reaching out to the public with a new ad campaign focused on building support for the members who voted to strike in the fall after talks broke off.

CUPE represents more than 27,000 education workers in the K-12 system, including education assistants, clerical staff, trades, custodians, and bus drivers.

Their collective agreements expired more than a year ago, and while settlement talks took place in April, talks derailed shortly after.

The ad campaign will officially launch on Monday and is focused on standing up for clean, safe, and inclusive schools.

“We’ve made every effort to bargain a fair and reasonable settlement with the employers, but their lack of preparation is threatening to disrupt classes this fall,” said Mark Hancock, CUPE-BC President.

It has been more than four years since workers represented by CUPE have received a wage increase.

“If the government doesn’t show a commitment to bargaining, our members will take full-scale job action,” said Colin Pawson, Chair of the BC K-12 Presidents’ Council. “They’re frustrated that we’ve had three false starts to negotiating, and the clock is ticking.”

© Shaw Media, 2013

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