"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
Burnaby (13 Aug 2018) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) announced today that its members in the B.C. public service sector have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with the B.C. government in June. The final vote was 62.7 per cent in favour.
A start in undoing damage of 16 years of cuts and wage restaint
"After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," said BCGEU/NUPGE President Stephanie Smith. "We knew that we wouldn't make up all the lost ground in one round of bargaining, but this agreement will provide a good foundation for us to build on."
BCGEU/NUPGE members ratified a 3 year agreement that features a two per cent general wage increase in each year, and addresses labour market pressures in specific occupations. It also includes expanded bullying and harassment language and special leave for members experiencing domestic violence.
Agreement will last until 2022
The effective dates of the new agreement will be April 1, 2019–March 31, 2022.
"This collective agreement will improve wages and working conditions for our public service members," said Smith. "But we know there is still work to be done and we're looking forward to putting this agreement to work."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 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