VICTORIA, B.C. –B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen for Saanich-North and the Islands welcomed the news that after three weeks, the union representing Saanich school workers and Saanich School District 63 ratified a new contract deal enabling 7,300 students to return to the district’s 18 schools.
“I am glad to see the two sides come together to address the concerns raised by the support staff,” said MLA Olsen. “I heard from many of my constituents that they were supportive of the negotiations, but also that families were stressed from the strain of having their children out of school. It is good for the health and well-being of our children, our communities and local economy to have our schools open again.
“This situation further highlights concerns the BC Green Caucus has been raising about whether the BC NDP government is prioritizing education. Education is fundamental to equipping people with the skills necessary to seize the opportunities that come with today’s rapidly changing technological landscape and to combat climate change challenges that are already impacting nearly every industry.
“British Columbians are proud of their teachers and schools, and we must continue to invest in their future success. The people who are responsible for making our educational systems run- teachers, education assistants, technical support staff, library technicians, family counsellors, custodial and maintenance staff- all require support from the provincial government.”