“Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable deal,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Vancouver (14 Nov. 2012) - Support staff at Douglas College, members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) are going on strike on November 14 n support of a fair and reasonable deal.
All classes and activities at the New Westminster campus for the day have been cancelled and will resume Thursday, November 15.
“Douglas College support staff deserve a fair and reasonable deal,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “The monetary offer on the table at Douglas College is half what support staff at other post secondary institutions such as UBC and SFU have settled for. That’s unfair and it’s not right.”
There are 304 Douglas College support staff represented by the BCGEU/NUPGE. They work at registration, in information technology services, as library assistants, at the bookstore, in student services, and offer financial aid to students.
Douglas College is the seventh largest post secondary institution in British Columbia, with 4,700 full-time and 10,000 part-time students for the 2011-12 school year.
Pickets will be along the Royal Avenue side and the 8th Street side of the New Westminster campus building starting at 7 a.m. until 7p.m.
On November 2, Douglas College support staff voted 77 per cent in support of strike action to back their bargaining demands.
Douglas College support staff have been without a contract since June 30, 2010.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE