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CUPE awaits further instruction after negotiations next week
CUPE Local 606 has a strike mandate like the rest of its provincial brethren in school districts, but is taking a wait-and-see approach with negotiations with the B.C. government.
"There will no interruption on the first day of school,'' said Rob Zver, who was elected Local 606 president in June.
The union represents "inside'' workers in Cowichan as well as members in the Ladysmith-Nanaimo School District.
"We will be getting information depending on what the provincial government and our bargaining team is able to come up with,'' said Zver.
"The last thing we want to do is to have to interfere with student education.''
On the other hand, Zver pointed out employees haven't received a raise in four years and simply want an equitable agreement with those being reached by the government and other parties.
"We're just looking for fairness,'' said Zver.
Negotiations broke off in August and Education Minister Peter Fassbender is hopeful an agreement can be reached without any impact on students when talks are held for three days next week.