More support staff agreements ratified
VICTORIA - The board of the Post-Secondary Employers' Association (PSEA) has ratified another two support staff agreements reached under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate, Minister of Finance Michael de Jong announced today.
Each four-year agreement includes zero per cent wage increases for the first two years, consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and four staged increases of one per cent each over the third and fourth years, funded from savings found within existing budgets, as required under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.
Almost three-quarters of the people working in B.C.'s public sector now have tentative or ratified agreements settled under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate. This represents over one-third of all agreements.
Following local ratification by union members and college and institute boards, the PSEA board provided the final sign-off on the two support staff agreements, the first between BCGEU Local 703 at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the second with the BCGEU Local 712 at Northwest Community College. These agreements cover about 465 staff working in a variety of positions ranging from information technology, administration and lab support workers, as well as library technicians, facilities and other services that support students and the institutions.
The PSEA reached a template compensation agreement in December for support staff on behalf of 12 participating colleges, institutes, and teaching universities and their respective unions, including the BCGEU, CUPE and COPE, which organized as a bargaining association for the purposes of these negotiations.
The B.C. government has been clear that there is no new money to fund wage increases and there is no desire to download these costs onto families or future generations. The 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public-sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases funded from savings within existing budgets, not adding costs to taxpayers and ratepayers and not sacrificing services.
Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.
Minister of Finance Michael de Jong -
"Almost three-quarters of unionized employees in B.C.'s public sectorare now covered under negotiated settlements, despite the tough fiscal environment. These agreements show significant progress is being made under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate."
"This mandate gives employers and unions the opportunity to find creative solutions, and this means no two settlements are going to be alike. We are going to see unique settlements in every sector and with each employer."
* The 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate applies to all public-sector employers whose collective agreements expire on or after Dec. 31, 2011.
* About 300,000 unionized workers are employed in the public service, at Crown corporations and agencies, and in the kindergarten to Grade 12, post-secondary, health and community social services sectors.
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