Monday, March 16, 2015

Vancouver Island University Labour Agreement


VIU reaches tentative agreement with BCGEU Vocational

VICTORIA – Vancouver Island University (VIU) has reached a tentative agreement with the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) Vocational Local 702, negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate.

This five-year tentative agreement covers approximately 330 faculty members who deliver trades, health sciences, adult basic education and international education at VIU. There are now 24 tentative and ratified agreements in the post-secondary sector.

More than 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.

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.

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