BCTF warns CUPE strike imminent

CUPE Returns to the bargaining table Monday, but neither the union or the BCTF is optimistic a deal can be reached.

Sara Norman September 15, 2013    http://www.news1130.com

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) CUPE’s BC Education Sector has voted to strike if they can’t reach a deal in the next round of bargaining.

Now, the B-C Teachers’ Federation President Jim Iker is warning in the event of a strike, teachers will stand on the picket line in solidarity.

CUPE will be at the bargaining table Monday through Wednesday.

If the government doesn’t improve it’s latest two-year contract offer to CUPE, which the union claims will actually be less than their current contract, education assistants and support workers will take strike action.

In an email to members, the BCTF says CUPE is not optimistic a deal can be reached without a walkout.

But Iker says they’re still hopeful they can negotiate a fair deal for teachers and CUPE by working together.

Bargaining for the BCTF has been suspended until October while the union is in BC Supreme Court readdressing a 2011 ruling.

At that time, a judge found the provincial government violated constitutional rights when they took away some bargaining rights for teachers.

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