Talks Break Off with The Royale Peninsula Resort Retirement Living - BCGEU


Your bargaining committee met with the Employer over eight days in April and July in an effort to reach a tentative agreement to bring back for your approval. Over the first five days agreement was reached on a number of language issues and the Union tabled our monetary package on April 5th.

The Union's initial monetary proposals included a number of improvements: 

  • health and welfare benefits
    • add eye examinations and increase the vision care maximum
    • Plan B (Major services) to your dental plan and increase the annual maximum to $2500 for Plan A and B combined
  • increase sick leave bank to 120 days
  • Increase vacation for members with 11 or more years of service
  • Wages (cumulative increase of 9.8% over a three year agreement expiring in 2019)
    • April 1, 2016: 3% general wage increase
    • April 1, 2017: 3% general wage increase
    • April 1, 2018: 3.5% general wage increase

The Employer's initial response contained:

  • health and welfare benefits
    • add eye examinations and increase the vision care maximum
    • no change to the dental coverage
  • Increase sick leave bank to 12 days
  • Increase vacation for members with 11 or more years of service
  • Wages (cumulative increase of 5.08% over a four year agreement expiring in 2020)
    • April 1, 2016: no wage increase
    • April 1, 2017: 2.5% general wage increase
    • April 1, 2018: 1.25% general wage increase
    • April 1, 2019: 1.25% general wage increase

Through July 17th – 19th your committee exchanged several outstanding language proposals and revised monetary proposals but, unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement on some priority issues you have told us are important to you.

The outstanding priority items are:

 

Issue

Employer Latest Position

Union Latest Position

Harassment

  • No definitions of harassment to be included in the collective agreement
    • Basic definitions of sexual, personal, discriminatory and psychological harassment to be included in the collective agreement
 

Shift premiums

No improvements

$0.25/hr for afternoon shifts with 50% or more hours between 3:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Wages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Year Agreement with:

 

  • April 1, 2016
  • April 1, 2017 – 2% General Wage increase
  • April 1, 2018 – 1.6% General Wage increase
  • April 1, 2019 – 1.6% General Wage increase

 

(cumulative increase of 5.29% over 4 years which is an increase of 0.21% to the Employer's initial proposal)

Four Year Agreement with:

 

  • April 1, 2016 – 2% wage increase
  • April 1, 2017 – 2% General Wage increase
  • April 1, 2018 – 2% General Wage increase
  • April 1, 2019 – 2% General Wage increase

 

(cumulative increase of 8.24% over 4 years which is a reduction of 1.38% to our initial proposal)

Vacation

 

 

 

 

Based on a letter submitted to the union by 16 members regarding the vacation year, vacation entitlement and accrual the parties agreed on July 19th to add a late proposal to the items yet to be agreed to. We are working on revising the language to clearly and accurately reflect the way vacation is to be accrued, funded and taken. There is no intent to change the current earn one year, take the next system which has been in place since prior to the first collective agreement.

Based on a letter submitted to the union by 16 members regarding the vacation year, vacation entitlement and accrual the parties agreed on July 19th to add a late proposal to the items yet to be agreed to. We are working on revising the language to clearly and accurately reflect the way vacation is to be accrued, funded and taken. There is no intent to change the current earn one year, take the next system which has been in place since prior to the first collective agreement.

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The union is reviewing the options open to us in our continuing efforts to achieve a fair and acceptable renewal collective agreement on your behalf. Options open to us include taking a strike vote and/or applying to the Labour Relations Board for the assistance of a Mediator.

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In solidarity,

Deb Wilson                                     Tereasa Greco

Staff Representative                        Bargaining Committee Chairperson

 

Erlinda Frijas                                  Darlene Thomas

Bargaining Committee Member        Bargaining Committee Member 

 

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