The proposed new contract between the B.C government and B.C. the government and the services union (BCGEU) will keep wage increases around the rate of inflation. The Department of Finance confirmed the salary increases to cBC News, but would not comment on the details of the agreement. CBC News has learned of the preliminary agreement, which includes 21,800 employees and provides for annual wage increases of two per cent each over the next three years. “It`s an asset to the NDP,” said Mark Thompson, professor emeritus at UBC`s Sauder School of Business, who said the agreement would likely be the benchmark for government negotiations with other unions. The agreement was eagerly awaited, as the number of public service unions whose collective agreements expired in 2019 was highly anticipated. “It is important that the union has time to communicate the details of the agreement with its members as part of the ratification process,” he said. “You`d like to look at the fine print, but the union is defending the status quo, so there might be something other than the pay rate.” To promote thoughtful and respectful conversations, first names and surnames will appear at each filing at CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in child and youth-focused communities). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed.

The agreement has yet to be ratified by the BCGEU and the province has said it will not publish the details until then. In making a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment, in any manner that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to comment at any time. However, he said union negotiators could be satisfied with the overall agreement. Justin is the municipal business reporter for CBC Vancouver and reports local political stories throughout British Columbia.

“The complaint is that they`re going to give the store to the public sector unions, and 2% are certainly not going to give the store away, no matter what anyone says… setting the tone.”