In the Vancouver Sun this morning, in a report by Jeff Lee, on the topic of the hidden raises given to the RCMP on April Fool's Day, it left me wondering as to what ever happened to Education Minister's George Abbott stance on his Government's hard line when it comes to the Zero Mandate when negotiating with Government Employee Collective Agreements such as the BCTF?.
On March 30, 2012 I published a Post called:
PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
PROVINCIAL POLICE SERVICE AGREEMENT
The MSM is reporting that the Municipalities of British Columbia only learned last Wednesday, that would be April 4th, 2012 of their status on how much they were going to have to bump up property taxes find additional monies for raises for the RCMP officers
Last week, two days before the policing contract came into force, the Treasury Board issued a broad compensation package that not only calls for salary increases of 1.75, 1.5 and 2 per cent in each of the next three years, but a number of other enhancements, including a "wellness day", improved service pay, shift premiums and provisional allowances. - Jeff Lee - Vancouver Sun - April 11, 2012Where does Mediator Jago come into all of this......? If the RCMP officers have a raise forthcoming, then doesn't that then mean that all of the other Collective Agreements that have been signed, with the rider that if any other union settles for something HIGHER than NET ZERO, then they are entitled to a RAISE forwith!?
The copy that I saw of the RCMP contract was made available to the public on March 27, 2012 at precisely 12:59pm which was a Tuesday of the previous week to my Post. The contents of the hidden raises over the next three years was not contained in that document! If you copy this into Google..... police-agreement-provincial-2012.pdf lists off all of the possible hits for when the Contract came into existence. The date time stamp for the first Result via Google is April 1, 2012. The Second Result is this: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/policeservices/police-agreements/index.htm Maybe what we all need to see is the RCMP Chart of Accounts which have date time stamps of March 26, 2012, and from there determine when the Municipalities first saw the impending notice of a 5.25% increase in Salaries and Wages..... and of course, there isn't anything mentioned back then either. Our illustrious Attorney General of British Columbia, one Shirley Bond, did sign the contract on March 21, 2012, so does that mean that the BC Liberal Government has been blind sided by the Feds, intentionally, or did they know during the introduction of Bill-22 that they were about to land in hot water with all of those other settled Contracts?
The deal, signed March 21 by provincial Justice Minister Shirley Bond and federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, puts the 62 municipalities in B.C. that contract with the RCMP on the hook for annual pay raises of 1.75 per cent, 1.5 per cent and two per cent, starting Jan. 1 this year. the Province
Will the Government have to NOW sit down and re-negotiate all of the existing contracts, all 120 of them, during a time of shrinking provincial revenues as presented by Finance Minister who billed his efforts as a Conservative Budget? Yikes!
The deal, signed March 21 by provincial Justice Minister Shirley Bond and federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, puts the 62 municipalities in B.C. that contract with the RCMP on the hook for annual pay raises of 1.75 per cent, 1.5 per cent and two per cent, starting Jan. 1 this year.
On the surface it appears that the Federal Government, Vic Toews, wrote their\his own Ticket for the RCMP raises without informing the Municipalities who are picking up 90% of the Salaries/wages. Does that seem fair to you?
The BC Liberal government is only responsible for 10% and yet they negotiated the contract, in good faith???, for the Municipalities, even though over the four years of discussions, the raises were never entered into the Minutes of the Meetings which included Representatives from the Municipalities!