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Tentative Agreement Reached on New Collective Agreement

Tentative 2022-2025 Collective Agreement Changes

CEU Members – for the full version of changes and ratification meeting links, please refer to the email sent to you on Friday, Nov. 18th from CEU

In our bargaining survey of the Membership, you told us your top items you wished to have addressed this round of bargaining.  They were:  wages; work at home; benefits; workload; leaves; and, mental health in the workplace (in that order of priority).

We are happy to report that we have made gains, some very significant, in all areas. 

Summary:

  • 3 year Collective Agreement (“CA”)

Wages/Money

  • April 1, 2022: a $0.25 per hour increase and then a 3.24% General Wage Increase
  • April 1, 2023: Increase rates of pay by the annualized average of BC Consumer Price Index (over twelve months starting on March 1, 2022) to a minimum of 5.5% and a maximum of 6.75%
  • April 1, 2024: Increase rates of pay by the annualized average of BC Consumer Price Index (over twelve months starting on March 1, 2023) to a minimum of 2.0% and a maximum of 3.0%
  • Increased meal and per diem allowances

Work at Home

  • All job postings must now provide notice as to whether the position can be done at home in hybrid arrangement or must be performed 100% in the WCB office
  • Work at home language has been expanded in Work at Home LOU B22 to provide additional rights and safeguards for members
  • No concessions to existing Work at Home LOU B22 language

Extended Health Benefits

  • Psychological counselling coverage per calendar year increased from $2,400 to $3,600 starting immediately on the date of ratification
  • Eyeglasses/contact lenses increased from $500 every 2 years to $650 every 2 years starting immediately on the date of ratification
  • The full series of a shingles vaccine of your choice every 5 years to employees and their dependents who are over 50 years of age. This coverage begins on the date of ratification
  • Chiropractor coverage increased from $550 to $650 starting on the date of ratification
  • Major dental category Plan B (eg. Crowns etc) increased from 70% of costs reimbursed to Member to 85% of costs reimbursed to Member beginning on April 1, 2023
  • Gum grafting up to $2,000 per person (for employees and their dependents) per year (100% reimbursement level) beginning on April 1, 2023
  • Massage coverage increased per calendar year from $650 to $850 beginning on April 1, 2023
  • Guaranteed AD&D coverage for employees up to $250k. Option for employees to purchase additional, insurance up to $500k for life and $500k for AD&D coverage in the future
  • New minimum baseline long term disability rates added to the CA

Workload

  • Existing mandate of the Joint Workload Committee is maintained (ie. investigation of objective factors causing workload; development of complexity and effort tools to assess workload etc.)
  • Creation of new employee-driven workload process added to the Collective Agreement
  • Joint Workload Committee to produce 2 Reports analyzing the forms, information, problems, solutions etc. generated by the new process. Reports sent to all VPs at WCB.

Leaves/Time Off Provisions for Life-Work Balance

  • Ability to use up to 1 day’s worth of sick bank time per calendar year to provide assistancean elderly relative
  • 2 days of paid cultural leave per year for Indigenous Members
  • National Day of Truth & Reconciliation embedded in CA as stat holiday
  • Domestic/sexual violence leave increased from 3 paid days to 5 paid days
  • Vacation to accrue for an entire parental leave period
  • Vacation to accrue for an entire compassionate care leave period

Mental Health Measures

  • Members may use up to 12 hours of sick bank time per calendar year (in one-hour increments) to attend counselling appointments on work time
  • Commitment from the employer to implement initiatives and strategies in accordance with the National Standard for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace.
  • Employer also obligated to: (a) provide management teams with an orientation to the National Standard and strategies and initiatives that align with the National Standard; and, (b) develop and present to the Executive Leadership Team (“ELT”) (and Union) by June 30, 2023, a plan for commitment to psychological health and safety strategies and initiatives that align with the National Standard and other evidence-based practices.  
  • Long term disability coverage expanded to cover self-inflicted disabilities where a mental health illness exists

Career Progression

  • Parties to discuss ability to offer back up training and promotional opportunities outside of a department and a division (while respecting the seniority rights of the people in those departments/divisions)
  • Pilot to allow jobs where there is a sole incumbent in the classification, or where the jobs are all vacant in the classification, to be posted in multiple office locations in the province

Health & Safety

  • 1 hour of paid site-specific training to CEU JOHS reps
  • Continuation of corporate JOHS Committee for the term of the CA

Union-Member Engagement

  • Link to CEU website on WSN (for work at home Members who may not see the CEU bulletin boards daily in the WCB Offices)
  • Guaranteed private meeting space in all WCB office locations for Union meetings with Members, upon request
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