Ratification is expected to be completed by the end of November. This agreement brings to 54 the number of CUPE residents who have concluded agreements, with three indigenous people. CUPE 3500, K-12 support employees in kamloops/Thomson School District, BC (School District 73), reached an interim agreement on October 30, after 11 bargaining meetings that began on June 18. ”I think with the local resources of the BC Public Sector Employers Association (BCPSEA) and the extent to which we have been able to use them, we have reached an agreement that benefits all of our CUPE employees,” said Corey Grabner, President of CUPE Local 3500. The agreement from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 concerns nearly 870 teachers at SD73. ”Our teachers play an important role in our public school system, especially in the context of our current challenges to educational continuity for our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kathleen Karpuk, Chair of the SD73 Board of Education. ”The Board of Education is pleased to approve the agreement to increase salaries and other employment benefits as part of the provincial mandate.” The preliminary agreement also includes the provincial framework agreement approved by the K-12 Presidential Council in September. The current K-12 contract expired on June 30, 2019. After ratification by CUPE residents and school district conservatories, the collective agreement applies from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. . .