Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coming in 2013, B.C. Place strike?

Is it too early to make predictions for 2013?

Here's one that's pretty safe. Labour strife at B.C. Place Stadium.

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union workers reached a settlement in the fall of 2011, meaning labour peace for the 99th Grey Cup. That contract ran out May 31 and negotiations fell apart on Dec. 10. The gap between the two sides is, well, about as big as when the stadium's retractable roof is open (which is, despite the price tag, a rarity).

Here is the notice that was posted on the BCGEU website on Dec. 12. The only two events planned for January are both late in the month: the Maple Leaf Monster Jam and Year of the Snake Chinese New Year Expo. 

Bargaining has not been productive. On December 10, 2012 the parties reached impasse. It has become apparent on the twentieth day of bargaining that the parties are not any closer to reaching a tentative agreement. The parties are just too far apart on many issues to look for assistance of a mediator.Your bargaining committee clearly outlined members’ priorities while remaining open and flexible to negotiating specifics. The Committee made it clear that this is not a round of bargaining that would contain any concessions for our membership. We have no choice but to look to the membership to support your bargaining committee and give us a strike mandate to send a clear message to the employer. We are looking for a fair deal, job protection, with no concessions.Please make every effort to get out and vote in support of your bargaining committee's recommendations. 
YWCA – Royal Bank Room, 733 Beatty Street, Vancouver: 
December 20 from 2:30pm–6:30pmDecember 21 from 11:30am–6:30pm; December 26 from 1:00pm–5:00pm; December 27 from 11:30am–6:30pm 
Balloting at the BCGEU Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Area Offices: December 17–21, 2012. 
In solidarity, 
BC Place Bargaining Committee 
Dave MacDonald, Committee Chairperson 
Allen Fong, BCM, Nadine Gagnon, BCM, Barry Cameron, BCM Lisa Trolland, Staff Representative

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