Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees working for B.C. Assessment Authority have ratified a new three-year contract running from the start of this year to the end of 2024.
Similar to other public sector agreements, this labour-management contract addresses inflation.
The first year provides for a flat increase of 25 cents per hour, which will deliver a greater impact for the lower-paid employees, as well as a 3.24 per cent increase.
In the second year, employees will receive a 5.5 per cent increase plus a potential cost of living adjustment to a maximum of 6.75 per cent.
The third year brings a two per cent boost and a cost of living adjustment of up to three per cent.
There is also a negotiable “flexibility allocation” which could go up to 0.25 per cent in years one and two for mutually beneficial agreements for both parties, the province said in a Monday statement.
This agreement covers 600 union workers, carrying out jobs such as appraisers, property inventory collectors, administration and information technology in 13 locations in the province, including the head office in Victoria.
There are slightly more than 137,000 public-sector employees now under tentative or ratified agreements reached under B.C.’s shared recovery mandate. Its emphasis is on improving health care, preparing for the future, protecting existing services and supporting economic recovery, the province said.