June 5, 2015 – The Local 258 IBEW Bargaining Committee has reached a tentative agreement with BC Hydro after many rounds of difficult negotiations that have taken place over the past year. The Committee is recommending acceptance of the agreement.
“Given the presence of a “me-too” clause in all public sector settlements as legislated by the Economic Stability Mandate 2014, we didn’t have any room to move in these negotiations”, said Doug McKay, Business Manager of Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that represents 2,000 members working at BC Hydro.
“Our members deserve to be fairly compensated for the skilled work we do and it is very unfortunate this isn’t recognized, but this agreement is the best deal we could achieve given the current political climate,” said McKay.
The Committee did secure a commitment from this employer to strike a committee to review market wage issues at mid-term of the contract.
The five-year agreement is subject to ratification by both the workers and the employer. Ballots are currently being mailed to Local 258 IBEW members working at BC Hydro and are due at the union office by no later than noon on July 7, 2015, when the results will be counted and announced.
Brother McKay would like to thank all the members who stepped forward to serve on the Bargaining Committee from across the province.
Tony Brand, Larry Byhre, Dan Payne, Dave Mengering, Frank Nassachuk, Rupinder Dhillion, Dave Herrington, Dave Rathlef, Rick Gerrard, Jim Greenwell, as well as Lead Negotiator Garnet Zimmerman and staff lawyer Rebecca Murdock.