District of Sechelt - Tentative Deal Reached

February 2, 2017

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

You are welcome to join the bargaining committee at a "drop-in" ratification meeting to ask questions and vote on February 9, 2017 at the Rockwood Centre, 5511 Shorncliffe Ave, Sechelt, BC from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. You can also vote by requesting a ballot and a declaration ballot from one of the bargaining committee members in advance of 1:30 pm on February 9, 2017. Ballots will be counted (we will have observers) at 2:00 pm on February 9, 2017. Results may be communicated to the membership on this same day.

A summary of the highlights of the deal are:

1.    5 year term (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020) 

  • Wage increase as of January 1, 2016 for 1.5% 
  • Wage increase as of January 1, 2017 for 1.75% 
  • Wage increase as of January 1, 2018 for 1.75% 
  • Wage increase as of January 1, 2019 for 2% 
  • Wage increase as of January 1, 2020 for 2% 

2.    Additional monetary improvement of 1.44% per year that includes improvements to work clothing, cleaning allowance, substitution hours.

3.    A number of edits to language:

  • Definition of "Area" or "Work Area" 
  • Definition of "Employee" 
  • Articles 1.2 to 1.5 
  • Article 2.1 – Bargaining Unit Defined 
  • Article 3 – Union Security 
  • Article 7.2 – Union Bargaining Committee 
  • Article 8.14 – Investigator 
  • Article 9.2 – Assignment of a Single Arbitrator 
  • Article 12.5 – Trial Period 
  • Article 11.3 – Loss of Seniority 
  • Article 16.3 – Overtime Entitlement 
  • Article 25.6 – Sick Leave Bank 
  • Article 27.1 – Pay Rates 
  • Appendix 1 – Steps 1 to 3 
  • MOU – Pay for Knowledge 

4.    A number of improvements to language on: 

  • Article 1.1 – Purpose of Agreement 
  • Article 2.9 – Time off for Union Business 
  • Article 4 – Check off of Union Dues 
  • Article 14.1 – Hours of Work 
  • Article 16.11 – Callout Provisions 
  • Article 20.1 – Bereavement Leave 
  • Articles 26.1 to 26.3 – Work Clothing 
  • Article 27.4 – Substitution Pay 
  • Article 27.5 – Rate of Pay on Reclassification or Promotion 

5.    New language on: 

  • Definitions – "casual employee" 
  • Article 12.8 – Temporary Appointments 
  • Article 30 – Temporary and Casual Employees 
  • Appendix 1 – Steps process 
  • Appendix 2 – Classifications 

6.    We renewed the following: 

  • LOU#1 – Grand parented Employees 
  • LOU#2 – Job Evaluation Plan Manual 

7.    We did not renew the following:

  • LOU#3 – Temporary Market Adjustment
  • LOU#4 – Nine Day Fortnight

In solidarity

Kim Whaley, Bargaining Committee Chair
Les Dornbierer, Bargaining Committee Member
Greg Horning, Bargaining Committee Member
Kim Howse, Staff Representative

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