2022 Provincial Framework Agreement Collective Bargaining

For support staff collective bargaining, boards of education bargain directly with their union locals at the school district level. To support local negotiations, the K-12 Presidents' Council and Support Staff Unions (consisting of support staff union representatives) bargains with BCPSEA at the provincial level to develop a Provincial Framework Agreement. This agreement in principle deals with key province-wide matters (including compensation). The Provincial Framework Agreement traditionally forms part of, and is integrated into, the memoranda of settlement negotiated at the school district level.

For further information about 2022 collective bargaining in the K-12 sector please see Collective Bargaining 2022 - Backgrounder - Process and Timeline.

April 22, 2022

Bargaining for a Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) resumed in early April after a few weeks pause over spring break. The most recent bargaining session was held on Monday, April 4, 2022. This was the ninth (9th) bargaining session and respectful dialogue continued. However, the parties have yet to reach agreement and, thus, provincial level bargaining is on hold for now.

While provincial bargaining for the voluntary PFA is stalled for now, school districts are beginning with their preparations for local collective bargaining, including finalizing bargaining plans and setting bargaining dates. In K-12 public education, support staff unions are certified locally at the school district level for the formal negotiation of their collective bargaining agreements; thus, there is always local support staff bargaining. This is regular process.

BCPSEA would like to share our appreciation to all those involved in PFA discussions – both the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions team and the BCPSEA team. The parties have negotiated collegially on a variety of important topics. We will continue to work at the provincial level over the coming weeks regarding continuation of PFA negotiations.

March 10, 2022

Following eight days of bargaining for a renewed Provincial Framework Agreement for support staff in K-12 public education, the parties have determined that it would be beneficial to pause bargaining for the time being.

The parties negotiated respectfully on a variety of important topics.

BCPSEA recognizes the important work that unionized support staff perform for students and our communities not only every day, but also their effort and dedication to their roles throughout the pandemic response. We appreciate the good working relationship we have with the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions.

February 23, 2022

BCPSEA and the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions met three times last week on February 15, 16 and 17, 2022. Productive conversations continued on many topics. Tentative agreements were reached on several issues.

There are three more days scheduled for bargaining of the Provincial Framework Agreement: March 1, 2 and 3, 2022. At these sessions we will continue the cooperative negotiations of the first six bargaining sessions.

February 15, 2022

Last week marked the first three days of Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) discussions. BCPSEA and the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions met on February 8, 9 and 10, 2022. We had productive and cooperative conversations on a variety of issues.

Three days of bargaining are scheduled for this week – February 15, 16, and 17, 2022. We look forward to the continued collaborative negotiations.

January 26, 2022

BCPSEA and the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions have set nine (9) days to conduct the Provincial Framework Agreement (PFA) discussions. The PFA sets the General Wage Increases and other compensation issues, and addresses provincial initiatives, such as the Support Staff Education Committee, the Job Evaluation Committee, and a standardized Extended Health Benefits plan.

Bargaining dates are: February 8-10, February 15-17, and March 1-3.

Once a PFA is successfully concluded, the PFA will then need to be adopted at each local support staff table as part of local bargaining.