British Columbia’s K-12 public education sector employs nearly 25,000 unionized support staff in a variety of positions including custodians, trades and maintenance workers, teacher assistants, clerical, accounting, and information technology. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is the largest union representing support staff in the K-12 sector.
BCPSEA has delegated the authority to negotiate collective agreements with BC support staff unions to individual boards of education or groups of boards. An agreement negotiated between a board and its support staff union must be ratified by the BCPSEA Board of Directors.
Collective Agreement Administration
BCPSEA provides advice and assistance with interpretation and application of the provisions of the local collective agreements. BCPSEA and school district staff meet regularly with representatives of support staff unions as part of the Support Staff Education and Adjustment Committee.
Emergent bulletins are distributed to all school districts as issues arise. Some are more reference based for practitioners, others more time sensitive for both trustees and district staff.
BCPSEA supports health, safety and wellness in public school districts by providing advice and resources to assist school district staff with interpretation and application of relevant legislation and related WorkSafeBC policy and practice.