The agreement with the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union calls for general wage hikes in each year of the deal. It also provides for targeted increases for specific jobs to help recruit and retain workers, union president Stephanie Smith said in an interview.
"We were optimistic about going into bargaining with a government who seems to have a mandate that's in alignment with us, which is improving access to public services that British Columbians rely on," she said. "We didn't know whether to expect the invitation or not, but when it came we were ready to go."
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