By defining a period of common interaction for schools, employees have the opportunity to follow their school plans that are consistent with the North Vancouver School District`s 10-year strategic plan and the three-year operating plan. For CUPE Local 389, negotiations are 100 per cent local. All issues are negotiated by local parties and are subject to ratification by local members and the North Vancouver Board of Education. There are two provincial parties that must also ratify the agreement – the Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA), which represents the province`s 60 public education bodies, and CUPE BEFORE CHRIST. Local negotiations with the two unions have not yet begun, but are expected to begin within the next three months. Both collective agreements expire on June 30, 2019, but all conditions in the agreements remain in effect until the other trading date, even after that date. Legal steps can only be taken after the current contract expires on 30 June 2019, and only after the coordination of the tariff unit for trade union action. We hope that new collective agreements will be successfully negotiated without labour disputes. Employee cooperation days are separate from contractual professional development days in the collective agreement. The goal is to increase opportunities for employees to work together outside the classroom to talk and learn from each other through ideas. The recurrent frequency of these sessions allows for a continuous and sustainable focus on professional development, without students often missing out on additional full days.

For 2015/16, two additional non-pedagogical days will be added to the calendar, as indicated by the Ministry of Education. These appointments will enable targeted teacher training on the implementation of the new BC K-12 program, which will be phased in in more than three years. The North Vancouver Board of Education looks forward to working with our two partner unions to successfully renew our two collective agreements. These agreements apply to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 389 and the North Vancouver Teachers` Association (NVTA).