To: All BCGEU Members at Douglas Care Community
Re: Update on Bargaining – Notice of Strike Vote
Further to our bulletin dated May 11, 2017, the Union and the Employer reached an impasse when we met again on May 16th.
At the end of our negotiations on May 11th, after the parties had agreed to virtually all non-monetary items, we told the Employer that their responses to the Union's monetary proposals were completely unacceptable. We could not recommend their wage proposals to the membership.
On May 16th, the Employer came to the table with a revised wage proposal that was actually lower than their initial proposal for the first year, and continued to reject outright the Union's proposals for modest improvements to the benefit plan and other monetary provisions.
The Union countered with a legitimate package, including reasonable wage increases and other improvements, however the Employer rejected the Union's proposals. At the end of the day, the Employer returned with with a slight improvement for the first year's wages, but the parties remained far apart.
It's time to send a strong message to your Employer that the hard-working members at Douglas Care Community deserve a fair deal, so we will be holding a strike vote.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
BCGEU Victoria Area Office, 2994 Douglas St.
11:00 to 4:00 pm (drop-in)
Your Bargaining Committee will be on hand to provide further details at the drop-in meeting. Please make every effort to come to the BCGEU office for this crucial vote.
Thank you for your support and patience.
Bargaining Committee: Ryan Richard, Chairperson, Kylie Bevan, Cindy Willison
Jenny Ewing, BCGEU Staff Representative