BC Housing and BCGEU Collective Agreement: What You Need to Know
The British Columbia Government and Service Employees` Union (BCGEU) represents approximately 70,000 members across a range of industries, including the public sector. One of the collective agreements negotiated by the BCGEU is with BC Housing, the provincial agency responsible for providing affordable housing options for British Columbians.
The most recent BC Housing-BCGEU collective agreement was signed on April 1, 2019, and is valid until March 31, 2022. This agreement covers nearly 1,000 employees of BC Housing, including administrative staff, maintenance workers, and housing coordinators.
One of the key components of the collective agreement is the wage increases for BC Housing employees. Over the term of the agreement, employees will receive a 5.5% wage increase, broken down as follows:
– 2% increase on April 1, 2019
– 1.5% increase on April 1, 2020
– 2% increase on April 1, 2021
In addition to the wage increases, the collective agreement includes provisions for different types of leave, such as sick leave, vacation leave, and family responsibility leave. For example, employees are entitled to 12 sick days per year, and unused sick days can be accumulated from year to year.
The collective agreement also covers issues related to job security, including provisions for layoff and recall rights. As well, it includes provisions for professional development and training opportunities for employees.
Another important aspect of the BC Housing-BCGEU collective agreement is the health and safety provisions. The agreement stipulates that BC Housing will provide and maintain a safe working environment for employees, and that employees have the right to refuse unsafe work. The agreement also includes provisions for workplace harassment and discrimination.
Overall, the BC Housing-BCGEU collective agreement provides important protections and benefits for BC Housing employees. It ensures fair wages, job security, and a safe working environment, and provides opportunities for professional development and growth. For more information on the collective agreement, visit the BCGEU or BC Housing websites.