BC Hydro, union reach tentative agreement

The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 (COPE 378) and BC Hydro have reached a tentative agreement, subject to ratification by COPE 378’s members at BC Hydro.

The tentative agreement contains an overall four per cent wage increase, staggered throughout the two years of the collective agreement. The collective agreement covers April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. The union’s bargaining committee is recommending ratification to its members.

“I’m pleased we were able to keep the concessions the employer tabled during bargaining out of the collective agreement,” said COPE 378 vice-president Gwenne Farrell.

Highlights of the tentative agreement include:

•  April 1, 2012 (fully retroactive) — one per cent wage increase.

• October 1, 2012 — one per cent wage increase.

• April 1, 2013 — one per cent wage increase.

• October 1, 2013 — one per cent wage increase.

The ratification vote will be held by mail-in ballot.

COPE 378 represents nearly 2,000 inside technical, professional and administrative workers at BC Hydro.

The union and the employer have been bargaining since April 2012, not including a summer hiatus.



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