Bargaining 101

Approximately 55,000 BCGEU members, over 80% of the union, will be in bargaining in 2012.

The bargaining process for each of these agreements varies but there are similarities.

To help members better understand how an idea that starts in your workplace ends up in your collective agreement, we’ve created a video. 

Although this video covers the general process for public sector and sectoral bargaining, the basic principles of democracy and the negotiations process are the same for all BCGEU members engaged in bargaining.

The public service bargaining inforgraphic is the first in a series of infographics. Expect to see infographics for all sectors and standalone bargaining soon.

Click on the infographic to open it in a new page.

Where are we in the bargaining process?








Barkerville Heritage Trust - Bargaining Meeting


Your current collective agreement expires on October 31, 2012.  The purpose of the membership meeting is to elect a bargaining committee and to accept bargaining proposals from the membership. Read more »

Opinion Editorial: B.C. civil service unions make case for fair deal

Opinion editorial published in the Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, September 5, 2012

By Darryl Walker, Scott McCannell and David Black*

For the first time in more than 20 years, the entire government of B.C. is behind picket lines today in support of a fair and reasonable collective agreement. More than 27,000 government and ICBC workers are on strike, from the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 members. Read more »