BCGEU Early Childhood Educators at UBC Child Care Services ratified their new collective agreement by 87% on January 12.
“I want to personally congratulate all UBC child care members on the ratification of their new deal and thank the elected bargaining committee for their hard work in securing this agreement,” said BCGEU Treasurer Paul Finch.
The new collective agreement runs for five years (2014-2019) with scheduled wage increases of 5.5% plus any Economic Stability Dividend. UBC Child Care has confirmed that all retention bonuses will be added to the salary scale and become pensionable earnings as of April 1, 2015
“We are very pleased to be able to roll the retention bonuses into regular pay,” said BCGEU Vice President Andrea Duncan, who represents Early Childhood Educators.
“Many parents send their application to UBC Child Care Services when they first conceive, in the hope that their child will eventually be admitted years later. What makes UBC Child Care special is the dedication and patience of BCGEU early childhood educators who bring out the best in the kids they care for,” says Duncan.
From 2018, all BCGEU members at UBC Child Care will be accredited with the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC). As part of this agreement, UBC will cover this professional accreditation cost.
There are over 120 BCGEU members at UBC Child Care Services. They are all licensed Early Childhood Educators. UBC Child Care Services operates 26 child care programs or approximately 550 licensed child care spaces, plus an independent kindergarten.
The BCGEU is the leading childcare union in British Columbia, representing over 1,500 Early Childhood Educators in 150 bargaining units.