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Govt driving wedge between teachers and CUPE:Davidoff

As BC teachers vote Monday and Tuesday on whether to escalate job action a local union rep is criticizing the government’s timing.

The government is applauding CUPE educational support workers for agreeing a new five-year framework on the weekend that falls in line with other recent public sector deals.

Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union President Andy Davidoff says a clause in that deal is clearly trying to drive a wedge between them and teachers.

Davidoff says CUPE workers got raises in their last two contracts when the BCTF had to settle for legislated zero’s and so they are still out of sync on wages.

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