Support staff at three post-secondary schools on Vancouver Island plan to stage further job action this week without disrupting students or classes, the Canadian Union of Public Employees said Tuesday.
CUPE said its members will target specific departments and politicians in advance of contract talks slated for the weekend.
The meetings were arranged after a two-day strike last week that forced schools to cancel hundreds of classes.
This week is a targeted job action that is purposely designed to not disrupt student classes, said Deborah Hopper, president of CUPE 1858 at Vancouver Island University.
The action we took as a unit last week did bring the government back to the table for negotiations, and were hoping the actions this week continue to put pressure on the government to get serious about helping us come to a final resolution on our collective agreements.
Hopper said 18 of her members will walk off the job today through Friday in the universitys facilities department, which handles shipping and receiving, groundskeeping, and maintenance of the electrical, heating and air conditioning systems.
The university posted a notice on its website stating classes would go ahead as usual, but that mail delivery and regular maintenance services would be unavailable.
Meanwhile, CUPE locals at Camosun and North Island colleges have planned noon-hour rallies outside the offices of Liberal MLAs Ida Chong in Victoria and Don McRae in Courtenay on Friday.
We want to remind the government that this issue hasnt been resolved yet, said Michelle Waite, president of CUPE Local 3479, which represents 170 members at North Island College.
CUPE B.C. said other actions are planned at other institutions across the province, including College of New Caledonia and College of the Rockies.
CUPE wants a deal similar to the four per cent pay hike over two years achieved by support staff at the University of Victoria and other major universities.
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