Unionized workers at the British Columbia Institute of Technology on Nov. 9 voted 78 per cent in favour of a strike.
The BCIT Faculty and Staff Association is working to obtain a collective agreement that addresses the needs of its members, according to a press release.
Better salaries and working conditions are needed to attract career-seasoned professionals from industries where wages have kept pace with inflation, said FSA executive director and chief negotiator Paul Reniers, in the release. Fair wages will ensure that BCIT can hire and hold on to the kinds of professionals who built this important institution.
The strike vote was held Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at BCITs Burnaby and downtown campuses, where a total of 689 members cast ballots.
The BCIT Faculty and Staff Association is the largest bargaining unit in B.C.s colleges and post-secondary institutes, representing more than 1,400 employees of BCIT, including technology and part-time studies faculty, assistant instructors, technical staff, researchers, curriculum development professionals, librarians, program advisors and counselors.
Union members have been without a contract since June 30, 2010, according to the release.
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