Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:15 AM images

VICTORIA – The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and Community Living B.C. (CLBC) have ratified their tentative agreement,

which was negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate.

 The five-year agreement covers approximately 650 CLBC employees who help in the delivery of supports and services to eligible adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

 

The term of the agreement is from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019. The agreement provides for a 5.5% wage increase over the five years of the term with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds the annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the agreement.

Approximately 200,000 public-sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements under the Economic Stability Mandate. Overall, this represents about two-thirds of all unionized public-sector employees in B.C.

 

The government’s Economic Stability Mandate gives public-sector employers the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal envelope, and offers employees an opportunity to participate in the province’s economic growth through the Economic Stability Dividend. Settlements are expected to be unique and to reflect priorities negotiated to ensure labour stability and affordable service delivery throughout B.C.

 

Quick Facts:

  • The new 2014 Economic Stability Mandate applies to all public-sector employers whose collective agreements expired on or after Dec. 31, 2013.
  • If the province’s real GDP growth exceeds forecasts over the terms of the agreement, the agreement provides for the sharing of some benefits of that growth with the public-sector employees who work on behalf of British Columbians and help make that growth possible.
  • Under this proposal, employees would receive a conditional, incremental wage increase equal to half of any percentage-point gain in real GDP growth above the Economic Forecast Council’s forecast published in the February budget.
  • For example, if real GDP growth is one percentage point above forecast real GDP growth, then a 0.5% wage increase would result, beyond whatever wage increase had been negotiated in the contract.

 

 

bc govt logoLearn More:

An up-to-date listing of tentative and ratified agreements under the Economic Stability Mandate is available at: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/psec/

and  also further details coverage go to B.C Govt Employees Unions website click hear for further information

 

 

Also can follow other coverage of this agreement through other media

http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/132159/Province-BCGEU-reach-deal

http://nanaimobusinessnews.ca/2015/02/04/union-ratifies-agreement-community-living-bc/

http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2015FIN0005-000132.htm

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/employees-at-community-living-b-c-ratify-five-year-contract-1.1752246

 

Media Contacts:

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Jamie Edwardson
Ministry of Finance

 

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Kristie Kristofferson
Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation