BCGEU ratifies three-year collective agreement with BC

Published on October 18, 2022 by oz. staff

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BCGEU workers on the picket line on day 7 of job action outside of a wholesale distribution centre in BC.

The weed supply is safe – at least for three more years.

BC General Employees’ Union’s (BCGEU) members have narrowly voted in favour of a new collective agreement with the provincial government.

The deal was ratified by a vote of 53.4% with over 71% of eligible members voting, says the union.

  • RELATED: Tentative agreement reached between BCGEU and BC

There are 33,000 members, including staff at cannabis stores in the provincial distribution centres.

It’s a three-year agreement that’s in effect to March 31, 2025. The ratified deal includes wage protections against inflation, improvements to occupational health and safety, improvements to mental health in the workplace, employment security, and equity and workers’ rights, says the BCGEU.

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The tentative deal was reached in early September after almost eight months of negotiations.

The contract dispute cut off cannabis supply for about two weeks in August when the BC Government Employees’ Union started job action, setting up picket lines outside of liquor and cannabis distribution centres. Dozens of private cannabis stores were forced to close and/or lay off workers during the job action.

Reaction online was not positive.