Local 441 members,
Please see the attached bulletin from our K-12 coordinators.
There is no word yet as to if the Teachers will or will not be picketing out the SIDES Wilkinson Rd. Site. For now this is the only site in question but I expect as we get closer to September there could be more sites behind teachers lines. Full scale strike action by the teachers in September should be expected.
On the local bargaining front I have made an appeal to the employer to reconsider their position on rolling over the contract so we can hold a ratification of the provincial framework agreement. I think part of the problem was a lack of communication from BCPSEA to the districts to exlain how the proposed employee support grant works. I should hear back from the employer sometime tomorrow. If unsuccessful I have asked to to start local bargaining right away with a goal of completion by the end of August.