BCGEU Master Bargaining update: Agreement in Principle reached to protect Liquor Distribution Branch workers affected by warehouse sell off

March 16, 2012

The BCGEU Master Bargaining Committee and the B.C. Government have reached an Agreement in Principle (AIP) that provides employment security for roughly 500 BCGEU members affected by the government’s plan to sell LDB warehouses and distribution systems in Vancouver and Kamloops.

The AIP still has to be approved by government. Once passed, it will come into force and effect on April 1, 2012.

“We think the government’s decision to sell off the LDB warehouses is dead wrong. Still, we’re pleased we were able to win protection for our members,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.

Details of the AIP will be communicated to members in the coming days.

Additionally, during the week, the committee reached agreement on language changes to the misuse of managerial and supervisory authority provision. These changes, in addition to improvements in anti-bullying language, will provide increased protections for members dealing with workplace problems.

The BCGEU has been negotiating to renew the master agreement with the B.C. Government since January. Bargaining dates have been set through to the end of March. Between now and then, we will begin discussions on our monetary package, which we anticipate will be challenging.

BCGEU members are seeking a fair and reasonable agreement. We’ve identified wage increases, job security and improved benefits as our priorities.