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NEWS RELEASE · 2nd June 2010
Ministry of Finance
An agreement has been ratified with the Province's community living employees on a two-year contract under the 2010 mandate, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.

The agreement covers about 375 BC Government and Service Employees' Union members, employed by Community Living BC (CLBC), who deliver support and services to over 12,500 adults with developmental disabilities and their families across British Columbia.

"I am pleased to hear the agreement between Community Living BC and the BCGEU has been ratified so quickly," said Hansen. "This is another agreement ratified under the 2010 mandate and it shows that the parties at the table can reach a voluntarily negotiated deal in our evolving economic environment."

The new two-year agreement meets the Province's "net zero" mandate. It also includes extension of job-security language in line with the BCGEU Master Agreement and allows for a one-time option to receive vacation payout. Union members ratified the agreement today.

"With a ratified contract in place, Community Living BC provides support to British Columbians with developmental disabilities in communities across the province," said Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman. "Individuals and their families can look forward to the future secure in the knowledge that services will continue without interruption."

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.

"I am pleased that we've been able to reach this agreement," said Rick Mowles, CEO of Community Living BC. "It represents a fair and balanced contract for all involved and supports CLBC employees in their efforts to provide valuable services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families."

More than 200,000 workers are covered by contracts that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010.