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THE POST-SECONDARY SYSTEM plays a big role in B.C. Learning institutions are the largest employer in some communities, creating learning opportunities that draw and retain residents.

Public post-secondary collective agreements are set to expire March 31st, and B.C. educators will be at the bargaining table within the next few months. Two issues are expected to loom large in the coming talks: affordability and employment fairness for faculty and staff.

Under the previous government, educators were held to the same wage mandate as the public sector, while artificial budget surpluses kept wage increases below the cost of
living. As institutional operating grants declined and student fees increased, universities and colleges resorted to more precarious work, placing additional pressure on faculty
and staff, putting the quality of B.C.’s post-secondary system at risk.

Students learn from educators, not institution managers. Yet, under the previous government, that’s where the money went — and it’s time for a change.

The workers delivering the education British Columbians increasingly rely on for personal and professional development deserve a fair raise and fair employment. It just makes sense.