Overwhelming strike vote by BCGEU/NUPGE members demonstrates commitment to bargaining a fair contract.
Vancouver (13 Jan. 2015) — Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) who work on the Canada Line have voted 99 per cent in favour of job action.
BCGEU/NUPGE members prepare for potential strike if mediation isn't successful
“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement,” says Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer. “We are committed to meaningful negotiations with the help of a mediator later this month. However, if mediation fails, we are prepared to increase pressure to negotiate an agreement.”
Mediation is scheduled to begin at the Labour Relations Board in Vancouver on January 19. The last collective agreement expired on December 31, 2013.
The BCGEU/NUPGE represents about 150 workers at the Canada Line, which is privately operated by Protrans BC and owned by SNC-Lavalin.
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