"Surely, this will send the message to the employer and the B.C. government that members are serious about getting a fair and reasonable agreement." - BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
Vancouver (21 Nov. 2012) - The bargaining committee for vocational instructors employed by the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT) presented a fair and reasonable settlement package to BCIT and the employer did not respond with a compensation package. Without a compensation package from the employer, bargaining has stalled.
The bargaining committee decided to ask the membership for a strike mandate to demonstrate that BCIT instructors will not settle for zeros anymore.
The membership voted today and is sending a strong message to the employer, voting 89 per cent in favour of strike action to back the committee.
"This is a strong strike mandate from our vocational instructors," said Darryl Walker, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, which represents vocational instructors at BCIT. "Surely, this will send the message to the employer and the B.C. government that members are serious about getting a fair and reasonable agreement."
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