Talks between CUPE 3500 and School District 73 broke off Tuesday after a short bargaining session.
Union president John Hall said the union walked away from talks after its bargaining proposal was deemed unacceptable — something he blames on the B.C. government.
“We had a very modest proposal,” Hall said, declining to provide details. “It fit all the criteria”
Hall said he believes there is a willingness among local administration to consider the deal, but the province appears to be pulling strings in what are supposed to be local talks.
Cleaners, teacher’s aides, drivers and other support staff have been without raises since 2009, Hall said. The union plans to meet with members to determine whether it will take a strike vote.