Bcgeu Collective Agreement Wage Increases 2019
Mary Polak, a Liberal MLA from the BC in the Langley House of Representatives, said there was a long-standing policy to provide funding to ensure that non-unionized employees in this sector receive the same wage increases that the unions negotiated. “There was a strong Liberal lobby by CEOs of non-union agencies,” she said. “The Liberals then decided to inject all the wage increases negotiated into the non-union sector. I think it was specifically designed to desensitize the sector and artificially suppress wages and benefits. But the government has also allocated $40 million for “low-wage use” to bring the salaries of union members working in municipal social services closer to those of union members who do comparable work in the health sector. “It is important that the union has time to communicate the details of the agreement with its members as part of the ratification process,” he said. “Our answer to these workers is: “Talk to us. Learn the union`s advantage,” Said Smith, adding that the benefits are the result of collective bargaining and an attempt to improve the sector. “If they want to be a part of it and enjoy it, they are welcome.” “It`s an asset to the NDP,” said Mark Thompson, professor emeritus at UBC`s Sauder School of Business, who said the agreement would likely be the benchmark for government negotiations with other unions. The proposed new contract between the B.C government and B.C. the government and the services union (BCGEU) will keep wage increases around the rate of inflation. The Department of Finance confirmed the salary increases to cBC News, but would not comment on the details of the agreement.
“Unionized workers in this sector are doing whatever they`re hurting,” she said. “It`s incredibly frustrating that we had to defend ourselves… Wages and benefits should go to the union members who negotiated them. CBC News has learned of the preliminary agreement, which includes 21,800 employees and provides for annual salary increases of two per cent each over the next three years. “When we were in government, we increased non-unionized employees to cope with rate increases.” “You`d like to look at the fine print, but the union is defending the status quo, so there might be something other than the pay rate.” She questioned why local social services are treated differently from other sectors such as health care or education. “If the BCTF negotiates wage increases for BCTF members, it does not go to non-unionized private schools,” she said. “There are also no private unionized schools because we negotiate their collective agreements separately.” The agreement was eagerly awaited, as the number of public service unions whose collective agreements expired in 2019 was highly anticipated.