B.C.’s education minister says the deal reached with school support staff this past weekend shows what can be accomplished when both sides negotiate.
Peter Fassbender says, over five days, he saw CUPE and the employer staying until a deal was done.
He says now teachers need to do the same: bargain realistically.
“Put their counteroffer with the one-per-cent decrease from what they originally brought. That’s still in the 19 per cent range, which is out of line with all of the other settlements, including the one that we just did.”
Fassbender says a signing bonus remains on the table for teachers until the end of June, and the government is committed to getting a settlement.”