B.C. college support staff head back to bargaining table

“Our members have spoken clearly: no more zeroes for the 2012 round of bargaining.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.

Vancouver (11 April 2012) - In the late spring of 2011, the College and Institute Support Staff Bargaining Association (CISSBA) in British Columbia put provincial bargaining on hold to try and make some progress at local tables. After months of a frustrating lack of progress with individual employers, CISSBA bargaining representatives are headed back to the provincial college sector table with a position that four years of zero per cent wage increases are not acceptable.

The CISSBA bargaining team is not interested in taking an extension of the net zero mandate back to B.C. college members.

“Our college support staff members deserve a fair and reasonable collective agreement that recognizes the diverse work they do for B.C.’s public post-secondary sector,” says B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) President Darryl Walker. “Our members have spoken clearly: no more zeroes for the 2012 round of bargaining.”

Other priorities include improved job security language to ensure adequate service levels are met and the possibility of combining employer benefits plans to ensure adequate coverage while actually reducing costs for the individual college employers. CISSBA will also be looking at contracting-in language to help bring outsourced jobs back in-house, which often leads to savings as well.

Unionized college support staff members working in B.C.’s colleges help students in the province receive quality post-secondary education from application to graduation. They work behind the scenes and in the classroom. From lab support and technical assistance to registration and IT services, B.C.’s colleges work because unionized college support staff make it happen.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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