CUPE BC says 27,000 education assistants, clerical staff, trades, aboriginal workers, youth workers, custodians, and bus drivers in elementary and secondary schools have voted in favour of a strike.
The union says the mandate covers almost all of its 57 locals, in 53 school districts across the province.
CUPE BC K-12 spokesman Colin Pawson says members have not had a wage increase for more than four years and the union is hoping for funded settlements similar to those for other public-sector employees.
Legislation in 2012 ended a three-day walkout and bitter work-to-rule campaign by public school teachers.
The BC Teachers' Federation signed a one-year contract that expired last month, but any new negotiations are already strained as the Liberal government aims for a 10-year deal.
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