Bc Hydro Union Agreement

The major­ity of B.C.‘s pub­lic unions have seen wage increases below the rate of infla­tion over the past decade, with many five-year, 5.5 per­cent agree­ments signed dur­ing the last term of the B.C Lib­eral gov­ern­ment. “We are deter­mined to con­tinue work­ing with IBEW lead­er­ship on an agree­ment,” said BC Hydro. “We don‘t set our (bar­gain­ing) goals until the fall, but it might be fair to think that, given the acces­si­bil­ity issues in B.C., the salary will be very impor­tant,” he told del­e­gates at the union‘s annual gen­eral meet­ing. On Sat­ur­day, glen Hans­man, pres­i­dent of the B.C. Teach­ers‘ Fed­er­a­tion, was the first pres­i­dent of a pub­lic sec­tor union in B.C this year to say he will soon try to raise the salaries of its mem­bers. The union did not pro­vide the exact details of the pro­vi­sional agree­ment or the rea­sons why it was rejected. Global News con­tacted McKay and the union for com­ment. Almost every major pub­lic sec­tor union in the province has their renewal con­tracts in 2019, includ­ing nurses and other health care work­ers, teach­ers and school staff, pub­lic ser­vants, and employ­ees of ICBC and BC Hydro. The col­lec­tive agree­ment for doc­tors in the B.C.

is also in the process of expir­ing. The union, which rep­re­sents BC Hydro Elec­tri­cal employ­ees, rejected a pre­lim­i­nary con­trac­tual agree­ment with the util­ity, open­ing the door to pos­si­ble labor mea­sures. A pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment was reached in Decem­ber after months of nego­ti­a­tions, but McKay warned at the time that the province‘s bar­gain­ing man­date for pub­lic sec­tor employ­ees pre­vented the union from nego­ti­at­ing beyond a two per cent annual wage increase. If you are not a board mem­ber or direc­tor of the union, we can­not con­tact you via your work-based email address due to employer restric­tions. Make sure we have your email address at home so we can keep you informed of the most up-to-date infor­ma­tion about unions and employ­ers. Update your data by reg­is­ter­ing for the Mem­ber Por­tal. Lanzinger, how­ever, rejected the idea that the NDP gov­ern­ments would give overly gen­er­ous con­tracts to unions that pro­vide them with cam­paign dona­tions. “This was not our expe­ri­ence in nego­ti­a­tions in the pub­lic sec­tor. We know that there are some­times restric­tions on money, so here too there is a real­ity that we have to face.

But hon­est and respect­ful tri­als will result in an agree­ment and hope­fully bring some improve­ments to offi­cials,” she said. The union rep­re­sents more than 2,000 arti­sans for BC Hydro, who have been with­out a con­tract since early April 2019. “The expec­ta­tions of union­ized work­ers will be high because they have a friend­lier gov­ern­ment in Vic­to­ria, but that involves very high spend­ing, and this is a gov­ern­ment that will be cau­tious in this sort of thing. So it won‘t be an easy round of bar­gain­ing,” said Thomp­son, who has been deal­ing with union issues at B.C. for decades. How­ever, for many unions, nego­ti­a­tions will begin well before this bud­get is unblocked. .