Agreement ratified at Saanich Indian School Board

April 25, 2008

Employees at the Saanich Indian School Board who are members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) have ratified a new collective agreement with their employer.

"I am very encouraged by this agreement," said George Heyman, BCGEU president. "The increases for teachers and non-teaching staff are very welcome and help bring these members into line with other agreements."

Teachers employed by the Board were paid on average between $20,000 and $30,000 less than teachers in the public school system. The teachers will get a nine per cent increase over the next three years.

The Sencoten Language Teachers, who are also employed by the Board, have now been given a teacher designation that means a significant increase in wages. The Sencoten Instructors have for many years preserved their traditional language developed curriculum along with writing school literature.

Non-teaching staff will receive a seven per cent increase over three years. Library technicians will receive a $2.00/hour increase over and above the other increases since they were "red circled" in the last agreement.

The Board has also applied to the federal government for an increase in funds to increase the wages of teachers and has agreed to meet with the union to decide the appropriate distribution. The bargaining committee also acknowledges the cooperation of the employer during this round of bargaining.

The union members ratified the agreement at a meeting on Wednesday. The employer agreed to the contract on Thursday.

The three-year agreement expires December 1, 2010.

-30-

Media, please contact Brian Gardiner, BCGEU Communications, 604-291-9611

For a PDF of this release, click here.