The 5-year contract, from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019, includes more than 763 faculties offering career and higher education programs. According to the B.C. Labour Relations Code guide, “The requirement for good faith negotiation generally means that both parties must be sincere in their attempts to reach an agreement. It also involves meeting the other party and doing everything in their power to reach an agreement. The negotiation process requires a certain degree of donation and taking. If the other party`s negotiating requests are not accepted, that does not in itself mean that one party is not negotiating in good faith. “www.lrb.bc.ca/codeguide/chapter5.htm The government`s mandate for economic stability gives public sector employers the opportunity to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal framework and provides workers with the opportunity to participate in the province`s economic growth as a dividend for economic stability. Settlements should be unique and reflect negotiated priorities to ensure the stability of work and affordable services throughout B.C. Other agreements in the field of post-secondary and research universities are: PSEC establishes a mandate for collective bargaining with all public sector employees; This mandate defines, among other things, the maximum permitted changes to employee compensation. All public sector employers are covered by this mandate. VCC, like other employer groups operating in accordance with THE CESP guidelines, must have its bargaining plans approved by the CESP before subdividing the offers of their groups of workers. Once an interim agreement has been reached, the CESP must approve it. This interim agreement includes more than 763 faculties that provide professions, health sciences, design, academic development, university transfer and ESL education to university.
The college and the association have had a total of 23 negotiating meetings since negotiations began last summer. Since my update last November, the negotiating teams have tentatively agreed on a number of additional points and both sides are working hard to resolve the remaining issues. The agreements provide for a wage increase of 5.5% over the five years of the period, with the possibility of further increases, if the economy B.C.-Economy exceeds the annual forecasts made by the Economic Forecasting Council during the last four years of the agreements. Further negotiations are scheduled for March and early April. The College hopes that a new collective agreement can be concluded within this time frame. More than 230,000 public sector employees are currently subject to interim agreements or ratified under the mandate for economic stability. In total, this is nearly three-quarters of all unionized public sector employees in B.C.