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Bargaining Update #7 (September 16th)
After a couple of months away from the bargaining table for the summer, your union and the employer returned to Victoria this week for another week of bargaining. We did make significant progress this week on a number of articles we feel will be important to our membership. However, we have again been frustrated by the employer failing to understand some of the issues which we understand to be the most important to you. We established our understanding of the most important issues through our bargaining resolutions as well as our bargaining survey.
By now, you’re likely all familiar with the wage offer which is currently offered by PSEC. Both the BCGEU and the HEU have signed tentative agreements with this wage offer, and including “me too” clauses. The BCGEU contract will be going for a ratification vote on October 3 – 17. For those not already aware, the highlights of this tentative agreement, including the general wage increase can be found at the following link.
So what does this mean for us? With BCGEU and the HEU having a significant portion of the employees under the umbrella of PSEC, and their contracts including “Me too” clauses, this means that it is very unlikely that we would get a GWI which is substantially different from what is noted here. Unfortunately, we have not reached the point of a tentative agreement just yet as there are still some “non-cost” items outstanding on our table which we have not been able to reach agreement on. In addition, we are still in discussion on how to correctly calculate the cost items for our contract.
We will be meeting the employer again in two weeks from Sept 26 – 29. This will be a short week due to the National Day For Truth and Reconciliation which falls on Friday Sept 30 this year. We will be meeting in Richmond at the Sheraton this time around. We will remain hopeful that the employer will come to the table prepared to negotiate and ready to make an agreement on some of the non-cost items. If we don’t have a tentative agreement by the end of that week, our next week to meet will be the week following our AGM.
Please stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to an agreement. If you’re new to the organization, or if you’ve been around for a while and some of this isn’t making sense to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to your RD, or a member of the bargaining committee with questions.
The Bargaining Committee
- President - 1 year term
- Vice President - 1 year term
- Sec/Tres - 2 year term
- Grievance Officer - 2 year term
- Wellness Advocate - 2 year term
- Trustee - 3 year term
- Trustee - Remaining 1 year term
Guest notice for our next executive meeting
The next executive meeting will be held virtually on October 1st. For those members who are interested in attending as the guest delegate please send me an email prior to September 24th to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this opportunity is open to ALL CUPE 1767 members so if you have an interest please let me know. Preference will be given to members who have not attended an executive meeting, seniority and also to regions who have not participated.