The Professional Employees' Association, representing staff at the University of Victoria, has reached a tentative two-year agreement with the university under the government's mandate, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
"It is good news for B.C. that another tentative agreement has been reached under the Province's 2010 mandate," said Hansen. "Negotiators continue to make good progress as more than half of B.C.'s public sector employees now covered by agreements that would have expired in 2010."
The agreement covers more than 810 members of the Professional Employees Association, who include administrative officers, systems specialists, program co-ordinators, academic assistants, laboratory instructors, and many other classifications working in a broad range of university departments and programs.
PEA members at the university will vote on the agreement in the coming weeks.
"I'm pleased to hear that UVic's professional employees have reached an agreement," said Advanced Education and Labour Market Development Minister Moira Stilwell. "These employees fill an important role in the operations of our post-secondary system in B.C."
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.
There are approximately 310,000 unionized workers in occupations throughout B.C.'s public sector, the great majority of which have agreements that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. Just over half of B.C.'s public sector employees have now re-negotiated agreements that were set to expire in 2010, including major agreements in the health sector and the public service.
Updated bargaining information is available at http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining2010/