The board of the Post-Secondary Employers' Association (PSEA) has ratified two faculty agreements reached with the BCGEU under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.
The two-year agreements provide for modest wage increases, which are being 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 boards, the PSEA board provided the final sign-off on the agreements between BCIT and the BCGEU Vocational Faculty Local 703, and Northern Lights College and the BCGEU Faculty Local 710. These agreements cover approximately 600 faculty members working at the two institutions.
In December, the PSEA reached a template agreement on wages. The template covers BCGEU faculty members, most of which are vocational, at a number of institutions in the sector. Signatories include Camosun College, Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, Okanagan College and Selkirk College. BCIT later adopted the compensation elements from this template for local bargaining with their BCGEU faculty.
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 Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public-sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases funded from savings within existing budgets, while 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 sector are now covered under negotiated settlements, despite the tough fiscal environment. These agreements show significant progress is being made under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate."
"I encourage employers and unions across the public sector to continue negotiating because agreements can be reached."
- 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.
Updated bargaining information is available at: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/psec/
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