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Province, BCGEU reach deal

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union and Community Living B.C. have ratified a tentative agreement negotiated under the province's economic stability mandate.

The five-year deal covers approximately 650 CLBC employees who help in the delivery of supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

CLBC has Interior offices in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

The agreement runs from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019, and provides for a 5.5 per cent wage increase over the five years of the term with potential for additional increases if the provincial economy exceeds annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the agreement.

Approximately 200,000 public-sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements under the economic stability mandate. Overall, this represents about two-thirds of all unionized public-sector employees in B.C.

The government’s mandate gives public-sector employers the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal envelope, and offers employees an opportunity to participate in the province’s economic growth through an "economic stability dividend." The aim is to ensure labour stability and affordable service delivery.

If the province’s real GDP growth exceeds forecasts over the terms of the agreement, the agreement provides for the sharing of some benefits of that growth with public-sector employees.

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