Vancouver Community College ratifies agreement with faculty association
VICTORIA - Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the VCC Faculty Association have ratified their tentative agreement negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate.
The VCC Faculty Association is a member of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, Local 15. The agreement received final ratification from the board of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association.
This five-year tentative agreement, effective April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2019, covers approximately 865 employees, who deliver courses at both VCC campuses.
The agreement provides a 5.5% wage increase over the five years of the term with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds the annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the agreements.
More than 230,000 public-sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements under the Economic Stability Mandate. Overall, this represents nearly three-quarters of all unionized public-sector employees in B.C.
The government’s Economic Stability Mandate gives public-sector employers the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal envelope, and offers employees an opportunity to participate in the province’s economic growth through the Economic Stability Dividend. Settlements are expected to be unique and to reflect priorities negotiated to ensure labour stability and affordable service delivery throughout B.C.
- The new 2014 Economic Stability Mandate applies to all public-sector employers whose collective agreements expired on or after Dec. 31, 2013.
- If the province’s real GDP growth exceeds forecasts over the terms of the agreement, the agreement provides for the sharing of some benefits of that growth with the public-sector employees who work on behalf of British Columbians and help make that growth possible.
- Under this proposal, employees would receive a conditional, incremental wage increase equal to half of any percentage-point gain in real GDP growth above the Economic Forecast Council’s forecast published in the February budget.
- For example, if real GDP growth is one percentage point above forecast real GDP growth, then a 0.5% wage increase would result, beyond whatever wage increase had been negotiated in the contract.