Vocational instructors back bargaining proposals with support for strike.
Vancouver (21 April 2015) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) announced that its vocational instructors at B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT) have voted 90 per cent in favour of taking strike action, if necessary, to gain a fair collective agreement.
Major issues remain unresolved in bargaining
Significant issues remaining on the bargaining table include salaries, health and welfare benefits, contact hours and intellectual property rights, among others.
The strike vote provides strong support to the instructors’ bargaining committee as the union and employer prepare to enter into mediation, in an effort to reach a negotiated agreement. Mediation is scheduled to begin on May 12 and 13, 2015.
The BCGEU/NUPGE represents 314 vocational instructors at BCIT.
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