'It means that they will now have protections like a grievance procedure, shop stewards, strong health and safety language and, of course, higher wages."' - Darryl Walker.
Vancouver (13 March 2009) - Employees of inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services in British Columbia have voted 95% in favour of accepting a first collective agreement.
The agreement, which covers 125 inSite employees across the province, includes wage increases, shift premiums and a signing bonus. The workers are represented by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
"It's always exciting when new BCGEU members ratify their first contract," says BCGEU president Darryl Walker. "It means that they will now have protections like a grievance procedure, shop stewards, strong health and safety language and, of course, higher wages."
Workers from inSite's operations have been voting to join the BCGEU since July 2008. BCGEU was granted certification for all inSite employees province-wide on Nov. 19, 2008.
InSite provides independent, supportive and assisted living to seniors. Currently, inSite has operations in Vancouver, West Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Winfield, Barriere, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Sicamous and Ashcroft. It plans to open a new facility in Kelowna this summer.
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