NEWS RELEASE · 28th May 2010
Ministry of Finance
Community Living British Columbia and the BC Government and Service Employees' Union have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
"I am pleased to see that another tentative agreement has been reached under the Province's 2010 mandate," said Hansen. "This is one more agreement that shows the real progress being made at negotiating tables, with about half of B.C.'s public sector employees now covered by agreements that would have expired in 2010."
Community Living BC is a Crown agency with about 375 unionized employees delivering support and services to over 12,500 adults with developmental disabilities and their families throughout British Columbia.
Voting on the tentative agreement will take place on May 31.
"For British Columbians receiving care and professional services through Community Living British Columbia, this agreement is very good news," said Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman. "It will ensure that our clients stay connected to their local communities while they achieve the best possible quality of life."
"I am pleased we were able to make progress on our bargaining priorities while meeting government objectives," said Rick Mowles, CEO of Community Living BC. "CLBC values our employees' contributions to fostering the growth of inclusive communities throughout the province and their commitment to the individuals and families we support."
Government has already announced its intention to control spending on wages during this round of bargaining. To protect jobs and preserve vital services British Columbians depend on, government does not have any funding for new wage increases as collective agreements are renewed.
More than 200,000 workers are covered by contracts that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010.