After months of negotiations, an interim agreement was reached in December, but McKay warned at the time that the province`s bargaining mandate for public service employees prevented the union from negotiating beyond a 2% annual increase. Saturday, the president of the teachers` union. C, Glen Hansman, the first president of a public sector union in B.C. said this year that he would soon try to increase the salaries of its members. If you are not a union advisor or administrator, we cannot contact you via your email address due to employer restrictions. Make sure we have your email address at home so we can keep you up to date with the latest union-employer information. Update your information by registering on the members` portal. “Our members have sent a clear message and we will be speaking to our members in the coming days to discuss next steps,” Doug McKay, the union`s director of business, said in a statement. However, negotiations for many unions will begin well before this budget is released. The union represents more than 2,000 BC Hydro artisans who have been out of contract since the beginning of April 2019. McKay, however, said in an earlier statement that the union had achieved “significant improvements in the language of the contract as well as performance gains in a three-year contract.” McKay did not say what those next steps might be, but a union member who spoke to Global News on condition of anonymity said a strike could be possible.
Global News sought the advice of McKay and the union. In its three-year fiscal forecasts in the 2018 budget, the government had no explicit contingency for additional spending from collective agreements. But they wrote that “the cost of ratified collective agreements will be reflected in the 2019 budget.” The collective agreement of B.C. doctors also expires. “We won`t set our (negotiation) goals until the fall, but it might be fair to think that, given the accessibility issues in British Columbia, the pay will be very high,” he told delegates at the union`s annual general meeting. The union did not disclose the exact details of the interim agreement or the reasons why it was rejected.