'This round of negotiations succeeded in reflecting and strengthening the working relationship between the union and the employer.'
Vancouver (17 May 2010) - Following a difficult round of negotiations, a tentative agreement has been reached between the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) and Community Living BC (CLBC).
The process proved challenging because CLBC is funded by the B.C. government and was restricted to the mandate set for the public sector.
However, both sides worked hard to resolve issues of concern to CLBC members. "This round of negotiations succeeded in reflecting and strengthening the working relationship between the union and the employer," BCGEU says.
Highlights of the new agreement include:
- Employment security for employees who have regular status as of April 1, 2010.
- Family illness to cover spouse or adult dependent child with a disability.
- Bereavement leave to include step parent in the definition of immediate family.
- Workload appendix to apply to all employees.
- Temporary market adjustments to continue for IT (information technology) staff and financial officers.
- Increased access to additional hours for part-time employees.
- Establishment of a joint committee to review the existing benefit plan.
- Seniority for voluntary transfers to seniority units for auxiliary employees.
- A one time payout of archived vacation.
- New process for excluded positions.
- New 'Welcome Back' vacation policy.
- Improvements to the health and welfare plan.
- Term of agreement – two years (April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2012).
Voting on the tentative agreement will take place at the worksites. The deadline for ballots is May 31.
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