We have recently shifted gears at the bargaining table and are now focusing on our monetary proposals. We provided the employer with a healthy monetary package based on the input from all of you.
Wages were a common theme in your feedback. While we are under a 2%-2%-2% mandate, we have been creative in our approach. For example, we have conducted extensive market research and worked to compare similar jobs across other levels of government. We have also highlighted retention and recruitment issues across all sectors of the Commission.
We are confident that the data that we have presented demonstrates that wages at BC Housing have failed to keep up with comparable sectors and that this is straining our ability to serve our clients.
We are also at work reviewing the employer's monetary proposals. One of these revolves around the potential for certain positions to work on Sundays in exchange for a wage premium for doing so. As we formulate our response to the employer, we welcome your input on issues like this as we are hoping to best represent your collective interests.
Regrettably, due to lengthy absences on the employer's side, bargaining will again be going on hiatus. While we use this time to formulate a robust response in the next round of talks, we estimate that we will not be back at the table until early in the near year.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to any member of the Bargaining Committee if you have any questions or concerns.
Reminder: BCGEU members are getting a new Member ID card so make sure your mailing address is up to date! Go to www.bcgeu.ca/card-questions for details.
Ken Woollard, Bargaining Committee Chairperson
Mike Kim, Bargaining Committee Member
Joyce Lee, Bargaining Committee Member
Linsay Buss, Staff Representative, Negotiations
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