Public Sector Bargaining Update
Publish date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals
HSP - Health Science Professionals
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers
Oil & Gas Commission
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals
Many PEA chapters are already beginning to prepare for bargaining under the next Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) mandate. At this time, there have been four tentative settlements reached under the new PSEC mandate, which the government has labelled “The Sustainable Services Mandate”.
The BCGEU negotiated two other settlements covering approximately 32,000 workers in the community health sector and in the community social services sector. As well, CUPE has reached a tentative settlement for K-12 support staff workers across the province.
These settlements all provide three-year terms with 2% general wage increases in each year. In addition, there appear to a number of other compensation and language improvements.
The PEA has been participating on the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) Working Group that includes other BCFED unions that bargain under PSEC mandates. Through this committee, we have been able to get updates on bargaining plans and overviews of the tentative settlements. As well, we are participating on a communications committee that is developing generic messaging for bargaining and gathering public polling information.
We should be able to provide members with more details as finalized information becomes available.
It most likely, these settlements will set a pattern for the rest of the public sector, which encompasses 326,000 unionized employees and various PEA chapters: Government Licensed Professionals Chapter, Health Science Professionals, Legal Services Society, University of Victoria, and Oil and Gas Commission.
At this time, it appears many other unions will be seeking bargaining dates for the fall. Stay tuned for chapter-specific updates in the coming weeks.