The members resoundingly opposed the employer's proposals including a proposal to reduce prime time vacation scheduling from the current 4 week allotment to 3 weeks. "Summer vacation is so important for my family to enjoy this time together," one member disclosed to the Committee, "We don't want to give that up".
No concessions was the clear message from members attending meetings last week with the bargaining committee in New Westminster and Langley. On the third night, members were able to call in by conference call or attend video conferencing at their local area office. Attendance was impressive, with strong representation from every area of the province.
The bargaining committee discussed the employer's proposed Framework for Settlement, which included minimal increases to the allowances in the collective agreement and wage increases of 1% and 1.5% in a two year agreement. The members directed the bargaining committee to return to the table and seek better terms.
"Our members deserve a fair and reasonable settlement, which includes a real wage increase", stated Don Ballard, Bargaining Committee Chairperson, "and we are still hopeful we can achieve that at the bargaining table."
Dates have not yet been scheduled to meet with the employer. Please check the website regularly for updates.
Don Ballard, Bargaining Committee Chair
Jennifer Lee, Bargaining Committee
Ann McLean, Bargaining Committee
Linsay Buss, Staff Representative – Negotiations