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BC bargaining mandate

The information on this page is reproduced from the Public Sector Employer's Council (PSEC) website

BC Bargaining Mandate

Since 1993, bargaining in the BC public sector has been governed by mandates established by the provincial government. Currently, the university is negotiating under both the provincial 2010 “Net Zero” and 2012 “Cooperative Gains” mandates. The key features of these two mandates are described below.

2010 “Net Zero Mandate

• The 2010 Net Zero Mandate applies to all public sector employers whose collective agreements expired on or after December 31, 2009. 
• Collective agreements that expired in 2010 or 2011 and that have not yet been renegotiated must meet the Net Zero Mandate for two years. While there are outstanding agreements still being negotiated with some unions under the 2010 mandate, virtually all of BC’s public sector collective agreements covered by the 2010 mandate are now settled for two years of net zero. 
• Under the 2010 Mandate, negotiators are seeking to move money from one part of the collective agreement to another—any improvements in the collective agreements have to be offset by savings in other compensation areas.

2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate

• The new 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate applies to all public sector employers whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2011. 
• The key feature of the Cooperative Gains Mandate is that it provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases made possible by productivity increases within existing budgets. 
• The Province will not provide additional funding for increases to compensation negotiated in collective bargaining. 
• Settlements under the Cooperative Gains Mandate are expected to be unique and differentiated between sectors and between employers in some sectors as each will depend on a number of factors, particularly the ability to generate savings to fund modest compensation improvements.

For additional information on the bargaining mandates, please visit the PSEC website.

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