UPDATE, JANUARY 3, 2020 - Voting packages are currently being prepared and printed and will be mailed via Canada Post to your home address on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Please find the full tentative agreement and appendices available for download below. If you have questions about the tentative agreement, members are encouraged to attend your Union meeting, contact a member of the Bargaining Committee or your Local 258 IBEW Assistant Business Manager. Please make sure your mailing address is current with your union so you can receive your ballot – your employer does not provide us with this information (online address change form is available here). Ballots are due back, in the postage-paid return envelope provided, by no later than noon on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, when the vote will then be counted with the results being posted on your website.
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – COMPLETE
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: APPENDIX A “Modified Work Week”
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: APPENDIX B “Winders”
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: APPENDIX C “Gainsharing – Fiscal 2020 to 2022”
LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING: MACHINE OPERATOR 1
COPY OF LETTER: MO1s & BAREHAND PREMIUM
Monday, December 16 – Brother Doug McKay, Business Manager/Financial Secretary of Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, reports the Union’s bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement for members who work at BC Hydro across the province.
“The Union’s bargaining committee has secured significant contract language improvements as well as benefit increases in a three-year agreement,” says McKay. “Limitations imposed by the government’s economic mandate for public sector workers affected our ability to negotiate more than the 2% annual wage increase. Wage increases will be retroactive to April 1, 2019, upon ratification of the new agreement.”
Brother McKay would like to thank the members working at BC Hydro for their patience and understanding during the five rounds of bargaining that have taken place since the previous contract expired at the end of March, 2019. He would also like to thank the members of the bargaining committee who are recommending acceptance of this agreement.
A voting package will be mailed to each member containing the details and a ballot, with instructions, as soon as the documents are prepared at the Local 258 IBEW office. Brother McKay reminds all members to ensure your Union has your current mailing address on file (your employer does not provide us with that information) so you can receive a ballot.
Further information will be posted as it becomes available on your password-protected website.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT, PLEASE ATTEND YOUR NEXT UNION MEETING:
Unit 1 – currently being scheduled, date and location to be determined
Unit 2 – Dawson Creek, Tuesday, December 17 at the George Dawson Inn at 11705 8th Street starting at 7:00 pm
Unit 3 – Kamloops, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the IBEW #993 Hall at 873 Desmond Street starting at 5:30 pm; Vernon, Thursday, January 16 at the Army Navy Club, 2500 46 Avenue starting at 5:00 pm
Unit 4 – Nanaimo, Tuesday, December 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion #256, 1630 Wellington Road East starting at 4:15 pm; Victoria, Wednesday, December 18 at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 4670 Elk Lake Drive, starting at 4:15 pm; Port Alberni: Tuesday, January 14, 2020; Duncan: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Unit 5 – Burnaby, Thursday, December 19 at the MoveUp office, #301 – 4501 Kingsway (at Willingdon) starting at 5:00 pm; Burnaby: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Unit 6 – Langley, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Local 258 IBEW Union Hall at Suite #140 – 8029 199 Street starting at 7:00 pm
YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT YOUR ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER OR A MEMBER OF YOUR LOCAL 258 IBEW BC HYDRO BARGAINING COMMITTEE:
- Brother Doug McKay, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Jim Greenwell, Senior Assistant Business Manager, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Dave McMinn, President, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Larry Byhre, Treasurer, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Rob Munro, Organizer, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Dave Rathlef, Bargaining Committee Member, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Dave Herrington, Bargaining Committee Member, Local 258 IBEW
- Brother Cody Gatzke, Bargaining Committee Member, Local 258 IBEW
- Sister Lori MacLean, Executive Assistant to Doug McKay, Local 258 IBEW
Highlights of the IBEW 258 and BC Hydro Memorandum of Agreement:
- Term of Agreement: 3 years, from 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022
2% increase 1 April 2019 (retroactive to 1 April 2019)
2% increase 1 April 2020
2% increase 1 April 2021
- Welfare Benefits: increases to paramedical services to one thousand five hundred and fifty dollars ($1,550.00) per person, effective April 1, 2022. Maximum death benefit increased by $100,000; addition of a maximum dismemberment benefit of $200,000.
- Helicopter Premiums: changes include significant improvement to premiums for regular members and language to increase ability to gain work for Construction Services.
- Cooking Out Allowance: increases on 1 April 2020 to $80/day; 1 April 2021 to $85/day.
- Living Out Allowance: increases to $140/day effective April 1, 2020; $150/day effective April 1, 2021.
- Bulletins and Eligibility to Bid: apprentices eligible to bid will commence their 12-month time in role once they graduate and arrive at the bid location. Language includes exceptions to this provision.
- Amendment to Article 20 (a) 1: with 72 hours notice, varying start times requires Union approval.
- Improve language around safety and well-being of members in times of weather such as rain, snow, icing, severe cold or heat, and conditions of poor air quality.
- Ability for members to select a modified work week; includes provision for Construction Services Winders to become FTR.
- One additional day of annual vacation in years 6, 7 and 8.
- If a statutory holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the preceding Friday or following Monday shall be observed.
- Parental leave will receive top up to 85% of wages for 8 weeks effective April 1, 2021.
- Language changes made to the following classifications: Cable Splicer Helpers, Communications Protection and Control, Field/Storekeeper, Machine Operator and Machine Operator 1, Trades Training Instructor, Trades Training Projects Coordinator. Ability for trained Construction Service members to switch for storm restoration in emergent situations.
- In addition to the general wage increase, wage increases and additional premiums were made for the following classifications:
• 1% Senior Storekeepers, Senior Tool Crib Attendant, Senior Operators, Foreman, Senior Vehicle Quality and Commissioning Facilitator
• 7% premium for Meter Tech on Measure Canada Test Console
• 3.5% for Telecommunication Network Controllers
• 0.35/hr for all Field Storekeepers
• 4% afternoon shift differential for Vehicle Services
• 0.10/hr increase to tool allowance for Vehicle Services
• Increases to all qualification recognitions at Fort Nelson Generating Station
• New classification Machine Operator 1 to be paid at GT1 rate of pay
- Gainsharing memorandum to be included in the collective agreement.
- Remote incentive measurement review to be undertaken for Ganges, Lillooet, and Ucluelet, prior to May 31, 2020.
- Increase the number of Trouble Technicians by 5 and updated language for the ability to select 12 hour shifts with 75% acceptance of affected members.
DOWNLOAD THE HIGHLIGHTS DOCUMENT HERE