Publish date: Wednesday, January 02, 2019
LSL - Law Society Lawyers
Dear PEA members of The Law Society of BC:
The Professional Employees Association and The Law Society of BC have been in negotiations over a new collective agreement and the respective bargaining committees are happy to announce that they have reached a tentative settlement at the table that they are recommending to their principals for ratification. The Memorandum of Settlement signed by the parties is available here.
The settlement provides for a Collective Agreement term of 3 years from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021, with a wage increase of 2% in each of those years. It also provides for a .75% market adjustment increase on January 1, 2020, and further .75% market adjustment increase on January 1, 2021. In addition, all PEA members will receive a $1,000 signing bonus.
There were also some language improvements in the area of union security where new eligible employees will become members of the PEA on the first day of hire, instead of previously 30 days later. There is also some improvement to work schedule language in that now the finalization of work schedules require the mutual approval of both the supervisor and the employee, where before it required only the supervisor. The employer also stated that they heard the Union Bargaining Committee’s concerns about the Employee Recognition Program and intend to review it in 2019 and will only make changes that have the approval of the PEA.
If you have any questions or comments about this tentative agreement please feel free to call any of the members of the bargaining committee.
Members will vote via e-ballot between Monday, January 14, 2019, and Friday, January 25, 2019, at noon (Pacific Daylight Time). All members will receive their ballots to their preferred email on January 14. If you do not receive your ballot, first check your just mail and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-779-7736. Adding email@example.com to your address book can facilitate the delivery of your voting credentials.
The email will contain a link to the voting site and your unique credential information (login and password).
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to bring this agreement about and we look forward to your participation in this ratification process.
Your LSL Bargaining Committee
Al Gallupe, Labour Relations Officer