"After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.
Casino workers deserve adequate employment protection, security and training to identify and report suspicious activities. They also need the recommendations in the Dirty Money report that impact their work to be implemented.
"Our newest members care deeply about the children, families and community they serve." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on June 29.
"This truly is a ground-breaking deal that will help achieve fairness for casino workers across the industry." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Community social services workers support some of B.C.'s most vulnerable citizens and we are so pleased to have reached agreements that provide enhanced support and compensation for this critical work." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU/NUPGE President
An astounding 93.1 per cent vote in favour of strike action.
There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government's pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
"This investment, the first of its kind in 20 years, will reduce this pressure — both for the women and children in need, as well as for the workers that care for and support them." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President