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Seven more K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by the local union, the local School District and the BC Public School Employers' Association board of directors under the government's sustainable services negotiating mandate.

The agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation, and include:
* three-year terms of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022;
* general wage increases of 2% per year;

Included in the seven districts to ratify this week was School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen and CUPE Local 847 which represents 140 employees.

They also negotiated to establish a professional learning fund for all CUPE employees in the district.

The ratifications complete the process begun by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement, which paved the way for collective agreements to be negotiated between K-12 local support staff unions and the 60 public school district employers throughout B.C.

The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate supports the government's commitment to improving the services people count on, make life more affordable and invest in sustainable economic growth. The mandate is consistent with B.C.'s commitment to balanced budgets and sound fiscal management. Currently, there are more than 226,000 public sector employees covered by tentative or ratified agreements reached under the mandate.


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