A strong majority of the 80 inland ferry workers represented by the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) have voted in favour of ratifying their collective agreement with their employer, Western Pacific Marine (WPM).
The agreement, which was reached on November 26 and ratified by members on November 30, achieved wage parity with BC Ferries within the term of the agreement and a commitment to successorship training that will protect existing members. These achievements will help ensure the sustainability of the inland ferry system – and the families and communities that rely on it – for the foreseeable future.
WPM, which operates B.C.'s inland ferry routes on Kootenay Lake, Glade and Harrop, is the third and final inland ferry operator to reach an agreement with BCGEU members after the previous contract expired March 31, 2019.
For more details about the agreement, read the media release .
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