The union chose to conduct strike action at these work sites to back demands for a fair and reasonable agreement with the B.C. Government and to support BCGEU/NUPGE members’ wage proposal.
“Getting closer to a collective agreement for our members means we can continue to provide the quality education our young people deserve,” said Jim Steele, chair of the negotiation committee.
Television and newspaper ads challenge SIAST management and the provincial government to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract.
'The committee has been preparing a package that reflects the direction of the membership.'
'It’s been a particularly long and difficult round of negotiations.'
'We are very pleased to have reached this agreement and to have reached it so quickly.' - Joan Jessome.
Employees will receive pay increases totalling 20% over a four-year period.
'They are trying to circumvent the normal bargaining process by communicating directly with our members.'
'Employment security demands are the best opportunity we have to protect jobs and vital public community services.'
E-mail by Dr. Robert McCulloch criticized by SGEU and SIAST employees for meddling improperly with the collective bargaining process.