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School support workers reach deal with B.C. government

In a statement, Education Minister Peter Fassbender congratulated school support workers and the BCPSEA for reaching an agreement today.
In a statement, Education Minister Peter Fassbender congratulated school support workers and the BCPSEA for reaching an agreement today. Global News

Education support staff in B.C. have reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government, a day before teachers across the province begin voting on a full-scale strike.

The five-year deal “provides for wage increases in keeping with the Economic Stability Mandate over the five years of the term” according to a statement by the provincial government.

It’s expected to have similar wage increases as other recent deals reached between the government and public sector unions. Last month, 47,000 health care workers received a 5.5 per cent pay increase over a five-year deal.

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The agreement reached today with support staff covers around 34,000 people, including bus drivers, custodial staff and office workers.

Tomorrow teachers begin two days of voting on whether to escalate to a province-wide strike. If they vote in favour, the earliest possible date complete job action would begin is June 16, although rotating strikes are scheduled regardless for this week.

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