Faculty and staff at the British Columbia Institute of Technology are planning a full-day strike on Nov. 28.
Union members from the Faculty and Staff Association, as well as the B.C. Government Employees’ and Services Union support staff and vocational instructors will take job action from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all campuses, except the Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond.
All classes will be cancelled that day.
Earlier this month, union workers voted 78 per cent in favour of a strike.
The association is working to obtain a collective agreement that addresses the needs of its members, according to an earlier press release.
The union is seeking better salaries and working conditions, according to association executive director and chief negotiator Paul Reniers.
The 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 counsellors.
Similar to the association, the BCGEU is also looking for wage increases as well as benefits and job security, according to Richard Schaeffer, chairperson of the support staff bargaining committee.
Support staff union members have been without a contract since June 30, 2010, Schaeffer noted.
Support staff members have also announced their intention to strike on Monday, Dec. 3 should there be no progress in their union’s negotiations.