School support workers in Nanaimo ratify new agreement

NANAIMO – The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 606 and Nanaimo school district agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 606 and Nanaimo school district ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

The agreement includes a framework proposal, which was negotiated between the B.C. Public Schools Employers’ Association – B.C. school board bargaining agent – and the provincial bargaining team for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, as well as an agreement between the district and Local 606 on local issues.

The agreement, which is retroactive to July 2012 and expires June 30, will take effect after the provincial government approves a school district savings plan.

It sees a two-per cent wage increase on Feb. 1 and a 0.5-per cent wage increase on May 1, with a one-per cent increase that already occurred in July.

Local 606 represents bus drivers, caretakers, maintenance, clerical, educational assistants, noon-hour workers, child and youth care workers in Nanaimo school district.