Public service agreement ratification process under way
Now that a tentative agreement for direct government workers has been reached, the ratification process is under way. Here is what you can expect in the coming weeks:
A comprehensive ratification bulletin containing all the proposed changes to the collective agreement is being prepared and will be mailed to all public service members in the coming weeks. You will have time to review it before voting.
All the ratification documents are being posted on the member portal as soon as they are available. Make sure the union has your correct contact information by logging in to the Member Portal (https://members.bcgeu.ca/login). If you need to register, click on the 'Not sure if you are registered?' link and submit your information online.
Telephone Town Hall Meetings:
Two telephone town hall meetings for public service workers have been scheduled, for Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12. Members will receive email and telephone notices to let you register for the events or call in directly.
Information and voting meetings are being scheduled to take place at all 12 area offices around the province in July. A meeting schedule will be included in the Ratification Bulletin, or by logging on to the BCGEU member portal and downloading the files.
Ballot packages are being printed and distributed to stewards. Shop stewards and mail contact members will be conducting votes on the tentative agreement at work sites across the province. Clause 2.6 of the collective agreement entitles stewards to undertake ratification vote duties on work time and without loss of pay.
When casting your vote, you will be asked to vote on two agreements – the Public Service Main Agreement, as well as your individual Component Agreement. Details on the component agreements are available at the BCGEU member portal, as well as at area offices.
The ballot counting of all public service members' votes will take place on August 8, 2018 at BCGEU HQ in Burnaby. All ballots must be submitted to HQ or any Area Office by the close of business (5:00 pm) Tuesday, August 7th.
Download PDF of notice here