'The bargaining association is satisfied that there is forward momentum in negotiations.'
'A rights-based system makes sense, because it removes politics from the justice system.' - Darryl Walker.
Unanimous vote by Metro Vancouver Environment and Energy Committee welcomed by BCGEU and COPE.
Discussions planned this week on key issue of essential services.
'Our members need to see real gains after years of concessions and crumbs. We won't settle for an agreement that includes no improvements and no employment security.'
'We’re looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working lives and conditions of our members.'
'Laid-off workers have not received their severance entitlements despite an employment standards regulation requiring the employer to pay out all wages within 48 hours.' - BCGEU.
Ratification recommended after two-year deal reached by parties with assistance from a provincial mediator.
BCGEU says settlement provides stability during transition of ownership.
'No one should doubt our members’ resolve to make employment security our top priority in this round of bargaining."