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Collective Bargaining

School boards and unions share a commitment to positive labour relations. The collective bargaining framework for the education sector involves both provincial and local bargaining.

All bargaining is governed by the public sector bargaining mandate set out by the government. This mandate applies evenly to all school districts. The BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) is the accredited bargaining agent for all public school districts in the province, including the Abbotsford School District, for both teacher and support staff bargaining. For local negotiations, the school district negotiates with its local bargaining units, which include the Abbotsford Teachers’ Union (ATU) and Teamsters Local 31. Both the local teachers’ agreement and the local support staff agreement must be ratified by BCPSEA.

For local negotiations, the school district will negotiate with its local bargaining units. This includes groups represented by the Abbotsford Teachers’ Union (ATU) and Teamsters Local 31.

Visit the BCPSEA website for the latest updates on teacher collective bargaining and support staff bargaining.


Updates on Teamsters Local 31 Collective Agreement Negotiations

November 1, 2019
The Abbotsford School District and Teamsters Local 31 met on October 31, 2019. Another meeting with a mediator is scheduled for November 4, 2019. The district continues to remain optimistic that with the mediator’s assistance we can conclude a collective agreement that is satisfactory for both parties.

October 17, 2019
The Abbotsford School District and Teamsters Local 31 are scheduled to meet with a mediator on October 31. The district remains optimistic that with the mediator’s assistance we can conclude a collective agreement that is satisfactory for both parties.

All Abbotsford schools will be open unless formal notification comes from the district.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does job action mean?
Job action is a refusal of work, a slow-down or other concerted activity on the part of union employees designed to restrict or limit what they do. Job action is any action or activity by workers that is designed or expected to have the effect of curtailing, limiting, or interfering with: the normal activities of the board or its employees; the operation or functioning of schools or programs; and the performance of education workers.

How might this affect my child? 
If notice of job action is served, Abbotsford School District staff will review the job action from the employee bargaining committee to determine the impact on learning, as well as school and work site operations.

If we determine that school operations will be dramatically affected, and that student safety will be compromised, regular school instruction and/or extracurricular programs may need to be postponed.

How will we know schools are closed due to job action?
Employee bargaining units must give written 72-hour notice of job action (such as a strike), indicating the date that the job action is set to begin. If such notice is provided, parents and students will be alerted immediately after we assess our ability to continue instruction safely. We will alert parents through SchoolMessenger, district/school websites, and social media (@AbbotsfordSD) channels.