Labour agreement provides up to 15 years of job security for highway sector workers

April 4, 2017

Labour agreement provides up to 15 years of job security for highway sector workers

A landmark agreement has been reached that ensures the retention of over 2000 experienced workers maintaining roads and bridges throughout the province. Through labour succession, successful bidders on new highway service contracts will be required to honour the terms of labour agreements bargained with existing workers.

“Thanks to the hard work of our highways bargaining committee, this agreement will ensure the job-security of highways workers throughout B.C. for years to come,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “Maintaining successorship ensures that well-trained, experienced workers will continue to keep the travelling public safe throughout the province.”

Negotiations for the agreement involved the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), the B.C. government, and the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, who represent the service contractors. The agreement has been agreed to by the BCGEU highways bargaining committee and will be finalized once ratified by individual service area bargaining units.

B.C.’s highway maintenance system is divided in to 28 service area contracts, 27 of which are due to expire soon and will be put out for proposal starting in the fall of 2017. New service contracts will be for ten years, with an optional five-year extension.

This agreement represents a significant win for both workers and operators in the sector, by providing up to fifteen years of labour stability for workers and their families in 140 B.C. communities. That stability will also go a long way toward training and establishing the next generation of highway workers in the province.

The BCGEU represents 73,000 workers in B.C. including 2200 in highways maintenance across the province.

For more information please call Bronwen Barnett, BCGEU Communications (604) 719-4713