Barkerville employees ratify first collective agreement

June 25, 2007

Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) who work for the Barkerville Heritage Trust, the operator of the historic Barkerville Historic Town, have ratified their first collective agreement.

"I am very pleased with this agreement. BCGEU members who work at Barkerville are passionate about making Barkerville one of the best tourist sites in the province," said George Heyman, BCGEU president. "The BCGEU worked with communities and local governments to fight provincial government funding cuts to this important heritage site."

"The new agreement will allow us to operate more effectively and provide a better product to the public," said Judy Campbell, the Trust's Chief Executive Officer.

Highlights of the agreement includes 7.5% over 30 Months (May 1, 2007 - 3%), (May 1, 2008 - 2.5%), (May 1, 2009 - 2%).

The Trust was established to operate the historic town after the provincial government privatized operation of historic sites. Bargaining began with the employer in November 2006 after employees voted to certify with the BCGEU the previous July.

The new agreement expires October 31, 2009.

Barkerville, located 88 kilometres east of Quesnel, is the largest historic site in the province. It was designated a historic park in 1958 in honour of B.C.'s Centennial.

Staff at Barkerville provide security, curatorial, maintenance and administration services. Trust employees work with employees who were seconded to the Trust from the provincial government and remain government employees.