Unionized school support workers say the clock is ticking and the province has yet to give the union directions to get schools ship shape for September, as the education dispute continues.
CUPE BC president Mark Hancock says the situation is not dire yet but his members usually are in schools getting things ready to go by next week.
With teachers locked out, abruptly ending the school year, Hancock anticipates some extra work this year.
“The bigger concern would be around the major maintenance, the big cleaning crews going in, and some of our trades folks having access to the buildings. I know there was some picketing going on in some schools around the province over the summer so it might have been disrupted. If the government is saying that they aren’t going to be any disruptions if a deal is reached then you know there maybe some overtime required.”
But Hancock wouldn’t say if there is a drop dead date when school will be delayed just to get them ship shape.
“Again it is going to depend if there is picket lines. There hasn’t been a lot of picket lines during the summer so our members have been in there doing a lot of those services. It is more the clerical support staff that go back the week or so before school starts. Again if there is no picket lines our members will be going in and doing our jobs because we have a collective agreement in place.”
The ministry of education says it doesn’t think any deferred maintenance will keep school from opening, if and when, a deal gets done.