Re: “Raises for school workers would cost Surrey $5 million,” The Leader, Aug. 29.
I would like to thank Shawn Wilson, chair of the Surrey Board of Education, for acknowledging that CUPE kindergarten to Grade 12 workers deserve a wage adjustment equal to what other public sector workers achieved. Our members have been without a wage adjustment for over four years.
Mr. Wilson states that he hopes savings can be found as far away from the classroom as possible. In the past, this has equalled larger cleaning sections for our janitors and lack of growth to keep up with our growing district in our maintenance yard staffing.
All CUPE jobs are close to the classroom. When schools cannot be maintained properly, it does affect the classroom. Our students need a clean and safe learning environment.
CUPE has said from the beginning that we want a fully funded settlement that is fair and reasonable. We are hopeful that the government will come to the table this week fully prepared to bargain so that our members can continue to do what they do best – keep our schools clean, safe and inclusive.
President, CUPE 728