April 6, 2015 - After two more days of bargaining with BC Hydro in February, Local 258 IBEW Business Manager Doug McKay, together with the union’s negotiating committee, report that the session produced little, if any, desired results.
Since then, McKay has been visiting with members working at BC Hydro around the province at union meetings and in worksites to share the details and updated status of these negotiations. He has listened to progressive suggestions as well as hearing some very vocal frustrations from the membership.
McKay reports that he remains committed to bringing worthwhile improvements to the bargaining table, including fair wage increases that will keep skilled workers at BC Hydro.
“Since we left the bargaining table in February, I have had meetings with BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald to discuss and reinforce the union’s viewpoint on the importance of having a competitive edge that both keeps and attracts a skilled workforce at BC Hydro – a workforce that is in high demand across this country and in other parts of North America,” says McKay. “We also continue to express our concerns to the highest level of provincial government officials about the limitations imposed by the ‘Economic Mandate 2014’ that interferes with our ability to freely negotiate fair market rates and conditions in a new collective agreement with this employer.”
In addition to exploring every avenue available to achieve worthwhile improvements in a new collective agreement within the confines of the ‘Economic Mandate 2014’, the union continues to move ahead with it’s Charter challenge in the courts, and with a court date now set in June, McKay reports he is looking forward to that hearing to help determine the union’s next steps in these negotiations.
The previous two-year contract with BC Hydro expired on March 31, 2014.
McKay will continue to keep members updated as news is available and is also communicating directly with our union’s network of Shop Stewards at BC Hydro.