“In these uncertain economic times these tentative agreements are an investment in public services in our province and the women and men who deliver them.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Vancouver (04 Dec. 2013) - The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) and two bargaining associations have reached tentative agreements for 25,000 BCGEU/NUPGE members who work for direct government, 15,000 members in the community health subsector and 11,000 members in community social services.
Tentative agreements reached include fair and reasonable wage increases, job security and market adjustments
“The BCGEU’s Provincial Executive approved early talks with government. We entered into negotiations seeking fair and reasonable wage increases, market adjustments and job security for our members,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“In these uncertain economic times these tentative agreements are an investment in public services in our province and the women and men who deliver them.”
The five-year tentative agreements expire on March 31, 2019 and include:
- wage increases in four of the five years of the agreement
- market adjustments in all three sectors
- job protection language
- in addition to the negotiated wage increases, the Economic Stability Dividend will generate added wage increases in years when the provincial GDP growth exceeds projections
In addition to BCGEU/NUPGE, which represents a majority of members working under the Community Social Services Bargaining Agreement, as well as the Community Health Bargaining Agreement, the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE) also represents 1500 members under these two agreements. Other unions are also at the table for both agreements.
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