Monday December 19,
Teachers Strike Deal
Disability and zero mandate
looked at in bargaining process
by Federation of Post Secondary Educators
two years after the expiry of their collective agreement,
post-secondary instructors have reached a tentative settlement that
concludes the 2010 round of provincial common table negotiations ,
the leaders of the two major unions in post-secondary education
"This settlement follows a difficult round of negotiations, but the
provincial common table bargaining committee wanted to entrench some
agreed language changes before going back to the table next year,"
says FPSE President Cindy Oliver. "The agreement covers a number of
non-monetary items that are important to post-secondary educators."
Key elements of the settlement include a review of disability
benefit plans to find ways of improving coverage and access. The
negotiators have also agreed to review the current system of salary
scales which FPSE negotiators will use to identify potential
inequities in that system.
"Our members were never happy with the government's net-zero
mandate, but this tentative settlement will help position our local
and common table negotiators for the next round of bargaining," says
BCGEU President Darryl Walker. "The zero mandate is affecting
recruitment and retention of instruction staff, and needs to be
addressed in 2012 bargaining."
The common table agreement joins with local agreements across the
province to complete the collective agreement package in
post-secondary education. If ratified, the common table and local
agreements would expire on March 31, 2012.
FPSE represents over 10,000 faculty and staff who work and teach in
BC's universities, colleges and institutes. The BCGEU represents
post-secondary instructors at seven post-secondary institutions;
five are represented at the common table negotiations.
For more information visit: www.fpse.ca
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