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SD8 and CUPE 748 Ratify Agreement

March 13, 2023

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 748 have ratified a renewed collective agreement under the Province’s Shared Recovery Mandate.

“I am pleased that SD8 and CUPE have completed what was a successful bargaining process and taken this very positive step of signing a renewed agreement. This agreement allows all of us to focus on what we do best – to create and support the best learning opportunities we can for every student and their families across the district,” said Superintendent Trish Smillie. 

“I want to thank the members of CUPE 748 for their support through this bargaining process. The bargaining committee worked hard to advocate for improvements to the rights and benefits of our members. There were some difficult challenges during this round of negotiations, and we are grateful that both sides were able to come together with a focus to provide the best learning environment for the students of School District 8,” said CUPE Local 748 President Michelle Bennett.

The renewed collective agreement is in effect from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.

About School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.