Unionized workers at Telus Employer Solutions (formerly TSSI), who provide payroll services to the B.C. Government, have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today.
"This was a challenging round of bargaining for our members, who recently voted 100 per cent in favour of a strike vote to back up their bargaining demands," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Our members' solidarity was a key factor in securing a fair collective agreement with the employer."
A key sticking point in the negotiations was the employer's refusal to consider a two per cent annual wage increase to match government workers – insisting on lump sum payments instead.
After returning to the bargaining table with a strong strike mandate, the bargaining committee negotiated a tentative four year agreement with wage gains of two per cent a year in the first three years and one per cent in each six-month period of the fourth year.
Modest improvements to benefits are also included in the tentative agreement, including eyeglasses, pay-in-lieu of health and welfare coverage and improved vacation scheduling.
A ratification meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, June 4 in Victoria. The BCGEU represents approximately 60 members at Telus Employer Solutions.
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