The BCGEU (British Columbia Government and Service Employees` Union) recently negotiated a new public service agreement that will impact thousands of workers in the province.
The agreement, known as the Main Public Service Agreement, affects approximately 26,000 BCGEU members who work directly for the provincial government. These workers include administrative support staff, corrections officers, social workers, and many others.
One of the key changes in the new agreement is a wage increase for BCGEU members. Workers will receive a 2% increase in the first year of the agreement, followed by a 2% increase in the second year and a 1.5% increase in the third year. This is in addition to a one-time lump sum payment of $1,000.
The agreement also includes changes to overtime rules for BCGEU members. Previously, workers had to complete 7.5 hours of work before qualifying for overtime pay. Under the new agreement, workers will be eligible for overtime pay after working 7 hours.
In addition, the new agreement includes provisions for improved benefits for workers. These benefits include extended health care coverage, a new health care spending account, and better dental and vision care coverage.
The BCGEU represents a large number of public sector workers in British Columbia, and the Main Public Service Agreement is an important step in ensuring fair wages and working conditions for these workers. As the negotiation process continues, it will be important for BCGEU members to stay informed about any further changes to their working conditions.
Overall, the Main Public Service Agreement is a positive development for BCGEU workers and marks a step towards better compensation and benefits for those working in the public sector in British Columbia.