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Members at Growing Together Child & Parent Society - Tentative Agreement Reached! – Full details and Meeting Reminder - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

Our bargaining committee is pleased to announce that we have achieved a tentative collective agreement with the employer!
What is next? We will be holding a ratification meeting for Wednesday, December 13 at the worksite at 4 pm. At this meeting you can ask questions about the tentative agreement, and we will give you a chance to vote on the tentative agreement.

As promised here is the ratification document with the all the changes

The highlights of the proposed deal include:

  • A base raise for 2023 of 0.75 cents per hour for all classifications and targeted increases as described below:
    • Senior ECE and ECE IT and/or Special Needs, will receive an additional $1.25 per hour.
    • ECE will receive an additional 0.75 cents per hour.
    • These increases will be retroactive to November 1st, 2023.
  • Enshrined the Health and Welfare Benefits plan into the collective agreement. Premiums are paid 80% by the employer and 20% by the worker.
  • In exchange for the Health and Welfare Benefits Plan we have agreed to remove the clothing allowance.
  • Expanding bereavement leave to include Family of Choice.
  • Agreed to strike joint committees to explore a pension plan and to increase vacation entitlement.
  • New language so that no wage rate is ever below minimum wage plus union dues.

The tentative agreement, if ratified, would expire on October 31, 2025 with a wage re-opener for November 2024 to re-examine wages and the work of the joint committees.
To ensure you receive copies of all bargaining updates in a timely manner, we recommend that you update your existing contact information by going to the BCGEU website at or by notifying your bargaining committee or Steward.
Remember we are stronger together!
In solidarity,
Lori Hamilton, Bargaining Committee Member
Danielle Unger, Bargaining Committee Member
Kathleen Mann, Staff Representative
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Download PDF of notice here