New contract improves job security and fair work practices.
Vancouver (7 Dec. 2011) - Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) working in Aboriginal community-based social services have approved a new collective agreement.
“We are very pleased that our members who support first nations families and individuals in our communities have voted in favour of this agreement,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “The quality of care and support they are able to provide is directly impacted by their own job security and working conditions.”
The agreement improves job security and fair work practices for Aboriginal services workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying. In addition, the government approved a $600,000 retraining grant for workers in the sector.
Other highlights include the creation of a new Aboriginal alternate dispute resolution process for grievances covered by this collective agreement.
The new agreement expires on March 31, 2012.
BCGEU/NUPGE represents 176 Aboriginal community social service workers covered by this agreement.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE