“We welcome the modernization of BC’s liquor laws,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “But there are more questions than answers in this announcement and we expect more discussion with the ministry and the Liquor Distribution Branch as these reforms unfold.”
B.C.’s 2014 budget contains $51 million in cuts to post-secondary funding over 3 years – forcing colleges and universities across B.C. to consider layoffs, program cuts and student fee increases to deal with increasing deficits.
"We're here tonight because the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, vulnerable youth and fragile families you serve is being compromised," said President Walker
“These are disappointing actions from an employer who depends on the goodwill of the public and the commitment of its workers,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
“BCGEU members know all too well that budget cuts have undermined the delivery of public services and that these cuts have a negative impact on the economy.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
"Making real change and improvements in the child welfare system is going to require the will of the B.C. government and a much more strategic action and investment plan for recruitment, health and safety, and retention of frontline workers." — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Improvements in this collective agreement demonstrate how valuable community health care workers are to British Columbians who rely on them for support and community services.
“B.C.’s public liquor stores have a long history of responsible retailing and continue to sell most of the beer, wine and liquor sold in our province today. This is also an important source of provincial revenue to fund public services,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “If the government is determined to move to a store-within-a-store model, these should be public stores with trained, experienced staff.”
“In uncertain economic times we were able to work productively with government and negotiate an agreement that delivers real gains for our members.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
Health care members from over 270 job classifications are bargaining for a renewed collective agreement in B.C.