All BCGEU Members at Town of Gibsons - Tentative Deal Reached

March 9, 2017

Re:  Tentative Deal Reached

The bargaining committee is pleased to announce that a tentative deal has been reached with the Town of Gibsons.

You are welcome to join the bargaining committee at a "drop-in" ratification meeting to ask questions and vote on March 14, 2017 at Council Chambers at the Town Hall from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. You can also vote by requesting a ballot and a declaration ballot from one of the bargaining committee members in advance of the March 14, 2017 meeting. Ballots will be counted (we will have observers) at 3:00 pm on March 14, 2017. Results may be communicated to the membership on this same day.

The highlights of the 5 year deal are:

  1. 5 year term (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021)
  2. Wage increase of:
  • 1.5% wage increase as of January 1, 2017
  • 1.5% wage increase as of January 1, 2018
  • 1.75% wage increase as of January 1, 2019
  • 2% wage increase as of January 1, 2020
  • 2% wage increase as of January 1, 2021

3. Other monetary improvements totaling 1.6% year:

  • Increase in $500 in weekly income benefits (STD) and long term disability income (LTD)
  • Increase in $100 for safety boots and a revised replacement process for damaged boots
  • $1.50/hour Market adjustment for water and sewer technicians with level 3 certification
  • ICBC Clerk upgrade
  • Hearing Aids for Adults
  • EOCP Training budget increase
  • EOCP Premiums being pensionable

4. A number of edits to language:

  • Definition of "bargaining unit"
  • Definition of "regular full-time employee", "regular part time employee"
  • Article 1 – Preamble and Harassment
  • Article 2.6 – Union Leave
  • Article 7.5 – Joint Labour/Management Committee
  • Article 8 – Grievances
  • Article 9 – Arbitration
  • Article 10 – Seniority
  • Article 13 – Hours of Work
  • Article 14 – Overtime
  • Article 15 – Paid Holidays
  • Article 17 – Leave of Absence
  • Article 19 – Payment of Wages and Allowances
  • Article 26 – Service Career Policy
  • MOU#1 – Job Sharing
  • MOU#2 – Water and Waste Water Operators in Training Program and Premium

5. NEW language on:

  • Definition of "common-law spouse", "spouse", "temporary employee", "casual employee"
  • Article 2.6 – Union Leave
  • Article 6.4 – Employees Who Cease Employment
  • Article 9.2 – Expedited Arbitration
  • Article 9.9 – Technical Errors or Omissions
  • Article 12.1 – Rest Periods
  • Article 13.5 – Flextime
  • Article 14.1 – No Compounding of Overtime
  • Article 20 – Job Classification and Requests for Job Evaluation
  • Article 21.4 – Personal Property Damage
  • Article 26.8 – ICBC Clerk Upgrade
  • Article 26.12 – Trial Period
  • Article 28 – Temporary and Casual Employees
  • Appendix 2 – List of Classifications
  • LOU#1 – Term Employees

In solidarity

Allison Stewart, Bargaining Unit Chair
Rick Raymond, Bargaining Committee Member
Tyler Musgrove, Bargaining Committee Member
Kim Howse, Staff Representative

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