BC General Employees’ Union Reaches Provincial Provisional Deal
The largest public sector union in the province has reached a tentative agreement with the BC government.
The negotiated contract for BC General Employees’ Union members, who will now vote on the new deal, includes increases in all wages by 25 cents per hour in the first year, effective April 1, and an increase in all wage rates thereafter. by 3.24 percent.
In the second year of the agreement, wages will rise at the annualized average of BC inflation to a minimum of 5.5 percent and a maximum of 6.75 percent.
In year three, an increase in wages by the annualized average of BC inflation over 12 months to a minimum of two percent and a maximum of three percent.
The news comes after a sweeping campaign launched in August that paralyzed the province’s liquor and cannabis distribution network, whose stores still face significant shortages.
The new contract for the union’s 33,000 members also provides for a one-time economic grant equivalent to $4/hour for a period of 16 weeks retroactive to April 1, 2022. This works out to approximately $2,560 for each employee employed. a normal 40-year hour week.