Our vision: The Chilliwack School District will be a networked, inclusive learning community with excellent educational opportunities that will enable our students and collaborators to excel. The #33 School District Board of Directors (SD #33) and the BC Public School Employers` Association (BCPSEA) have entered into the following agreements with the Chilliwack Teachers` Association (CTA) and the British Columbia Federation of Commissioners (BCTF): Both the Board of Directors and CUPE Local 411 have accepted the appointment of a mediator by the Labour Relations Board, the school district said in a statement released Monday. “We continue to focus on the success of our students and hope to resolve outstanding issues to ensure their school year is not disrupted.” Contract negotiations between the Chilliwack Board of Education and unionized school district workers are about to be publicized. “The school district and the union will meet with the Mediator on November 5 and 6,” said Board Chair Dan Coulter. “We greatly appreciate our support employees and are committed to fully cooperating with the Mediator to reach a collective agreement that meets the needs of both parties,” he said, focusing on the core program of reading, writing, mathematics, social education, science and sports. In keeping with today`s changing needs, computer technology, visual arts, personal planning and many other programs are integrated into the school curriculum. In addition, secondary schools offer a wide range of studies, literature, theatre, choir, group, art, vocational preparation, work experience and home economics. One of the strengths of our school district is the positive cooperation with many community groups. Your contribution is respected and useful. “The Chilliwack School District and the local union are working to conclude the negotiated provisions of the collective agreement with CUPE Local 411, in accordance with the framework agreement reached in September 2018 between the BC Public School Employers` Association, negotiator for the province`s public school districts, and representatives of the K-12 public education support staff unions. Including CUPE,” the district said. The news comes when more than 8,000 students stayed home in Saanich on Monday after striking lines increased around schools in the Vancouver Island city.
CupE support staff there issued a 72-hour strike notice this weekend after mediation talks broke down. The provincial collective agreement provides for general wage increases of six per cent over the three-year term of the contract as well as other important issues. . . .