Western Pacific Marine Collective Agreement

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These provisions included pay parity with BC Ferries for the duration of the agreement and the requirement to train replacements to protect existing members. The new agreement also applies to Glade and Harrop ferries, which were under a key service agreement and were not affected by employment measures. To reach an agreement, WPM proposed to the union a package of measures including wage increases of 2%, 2% and 2% over the next three years. These increases reflect the terms of the collective agreement that BCGEU signed with the province last April for the year 2019-2022. Despite the union`s approach, we have repeatedly asked the union to consider mediation or arbitration in order to reach a reasonable agreement and resume full ferry service. Unfortunately, since June 5, the union has refused to sit down with us. The BC Government and Service Employees Union, which represents 80 members of Local 2009, announced last week that it had ratified a new collective agreement with the employer Western Pacific Marine. The interim agreement contains provisions that are in principle similar to the collective agreement between the union and the two other domestic ferry employers – WaterBridge Ferries and Waterbridge Equipment. The agreement was ratified by an overwhelming majority by union members in October. We know that for the thousands of British Columbias who depend on the region`s ferry service for work, school, health care or travel, any planned sail is an important sailing. We hope that the union will reconsider its position and come to the table with reasonable demands that will prompt us to reach a firm agreement. The agreement ends months of interruption of appointments and a heated exchange between the two sides.

Instead of accepting these conditions, this local union bargaining unit is calling for wage increases that go well beyond the other current BCGEU agreements and industry standards for these maritime positions. For example, for second-class engineers who currently earn $109,601 per year (wages and cash equivalent benefits), the EU is aiming for a 43% increase to an annual salary and benefits of $156,729, which is significantly higher than anyone in management. The union also imposed excessive wage requirements for other positions that would far exceed wages for positions comparable to BC Ferries. In addition to wages, the union is also seeking to significantly increase its benefit packages, which are already higher than other BCGEU agreements. “They have achieved their goal, and it is a great asset to our members, to their employers and to all those who need these ferries.” As of March 31, 2019, ferry workers have been out of contract inside the country. The Waterbridge agreements come into effect immediately and expire on March 31, 2022. BCGEU members will vote on the agreement this weekend. The union`s bargaining committee recommends ratification.

If ratified, the MPM agreement will enter into force immediately and expire on 31 March 2024. The Western Pacific agreement is the last of three internal transportation contracts negotiated by the union this year. Mr. Smith stated that she expected the Kootenay Lake Agreement to be welcomed by both ferry users and their members. On Wednesday, the BCGEU said that members voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying collective agreements with WaterBridge Ferries and Waterbridge Equipment, the avoidability of union actions that would have disrupted service on the Adams Lake, Arrow Lake and Francois Lake ferries. “During this round of negotiations, our members` goal was to secure contracts that ensure the long-term viability of these ferries, with an interest in recruitment and commitment through pay parity with BC Ferries and a commitment to follow-up training,” said Smith.