The union did not provide the exact details of the provisional agreement or the reasons why it was rejected. The collective agreement for doctors in the B.C. is also in the process of expiring. The majority of B.C.`s public unions have seen wage increases below the rate of inflation over the past decade, with numerous five-year, 5.5 per cent agreements signed during the last term of the B.C Liberal government. Nevertheless, in an earlier statement, McKay said the union had achieved “significant improvements in contract language and performance increases in a three-year agreement.” In its three-year fiscal forecast in Budget 2018, the government did not have an explicit contingency for additional spending related to collective agreements. They wrote, however, that “the cost of ratified collective agreements will be reflected in the 2019 budget.” “We are committed to continuing to work with IBEW management on an agreement,” BC Hydro said. The union, which represents BC Hydro`s electricity workers, refused a preliminary contractual agreement with the utilities, opening the door to possible labor measures. “This was not our experience in public sector negotiations. We know that there are sometimes restrictions on money, so here too there is a reality that we have to face. But honest and respectful trials will result in an agreement and hopefully bring some improvements to officials,” she said. BC Hydro brings the subcontracted work back to Accenture Business Services BC (ABSBC) in the distribution business. This is the right thing to do for our members at BC Hydro and ABSBC, as well as for the overall health and stability of the company.
In 2002, BC Hydro relocated services outside of its core business of generating and supplying electricity. As a result, one-third of our BC Hydro members have moved from BC Hydro to ABSBC with effect from April 1, 2003. Global News contacted McKay and the union for comment. Almost every major public sector union in the province has their renewal contracts in 2019, including nurses and other health care workers, teachers and school staff, public servants, and employees of ICBC and BC Hydro. On Saturday, glen Hansman, president of the B.C. Teachers` Federation, was the first president of a public sector union in B.C this year to say he will soon try to raise the salaries of its members. Negotiations for many unions, however, will begin well before this budget is unblocked. “And it`s always about making compromises at the end of the day. We`ll see how it goes. As part of the review of all options, the utility has approached us on a confidentiality condition to verify whether most CBSO companies and employees can be reintegrated into BC Hydro.
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