Year of the Gun?

Something's got the Campbell administration hot and bothered and it ain't the New Democrats. Loose-lipped Rockpile residents inform us the corridors are abuzz with talk the Liberal's legislative agenda may have to be delayed due to the upcoming round of super-size biennial public sector labour negotiations. And just how big is super-sized, you may ask? Well, according to government documentation, collective agreements covering a whopping 83.8 percent of full-time equivalencies in the public sector will expire by March 31, 2006 (add an additional 10.6 percent after June 30). The following is a copy of that documentation.

Collective Agreement Expires
As of July 22, 2005

Summary:

Currently Expired: 49,977 FTEs (25.4% of all FTEs)
Expiring Prior to March 31, 2006: 2,286 FTEs (1.1% of all FTEs)
Expiring March 31, 2006: 112,798 FTEs (57.3% of all FTEs)
Expiring June 30, 2006: 20,924 FTES (10.6% of all FTEs)

*Total number of unionized FTEs in the public sector is approximately 196,694

CURRENTLY EXPIRED - 49,977 FTEs

Education (K-12) - 41,451 FTEs
Teachers - 30,516 FTEs expired June 30, 2004.
Support Staff - 10,935 FTEs, 35 collective agreements representing approximately 58% of all support workers (32 expired June 30, 2003, the remaining 3 were over 2003-2004).

Colleges - 3,256 FTEs
Faculty - 1,113 FTEs, 7 collective agreements expired March 31, 2004.
Support Staff - 2,143 FTEs, 7 collective agreements (1 expired March 31, 2002, 1 expired June 30, 2002, 1 March 31, 2004, 1 expired Sept. 30, 2004, 1 expired May 31, 2005, 2 expired June 30, 2005).

Universities - 4,947 FTEs
Faculty - 468 FTEs at Thompson Rivers University
Support Staff - 4,479 FTEs, 14 collective agreements (1 expired June 30, 2002, 1 expired April 30, 2004, 8 expired March 31, 2005, 1 expired April 30, 2005, 1 expired May 30, 2005, 2 expired June 30, 2005).
Crowns - 323 FTEs
BC Housing (2 bargaining units), BC Transmission Corporation, legal Services Society.

EXPIRING PRIOR TO MARCH 31, 2006 - 2,286 FTEs

Colleges - 390 FTEs
Okanagan College faculty - 299 FTEs, expired Aug. 31, 2005.
Selkirk College support staff - 91 FTEs, expired Dec. 31, 2005
Universities - 1,361 FTEs
UBC Okanagan faculty & UBC Teaching Assistants and Sessional Lecturers both expire Aug 31, 2005.
Crowns - 535 FTEs
BC Assessment, expires Dec. 31, 2005.

EXPIRING MARCH 31, 2006 - 112,798 FTEs

Health - 72,745 FTEs
Nurses - 19,561 FTEs
Paramedicals (lab techs, physiotherapists, pharmacists etc.) - 8,997 FTEs
Community Health - 8,005 FTEs
Facilities Support - 28,639 FTEs
Residents - 602 FTEs
Physicians (BCMA) - 6,941 FTEs (Master Agreement expires March 31, 2006, Working and Subsidiary Agreements expire March 31, 2007)
Public Service - 27,484 FTEs
Public Service Master (BCGEU) - 26,166 FTEs
Professional Employees Association Master - 1,257 FTEs
Queens Printer - 61 FTEs
Community Social Services - 8,851 FTEs
4 bargaining units Aboriginal Services, Community Living Services, General Services and Community Living BC.
Crowns - 3,718 FTEs
BC Hydro - 3,026 FTEs with COPE and IBEW
BC Transit - 560 FTEs with COPE and CAW
Legal Services Society - 110 FTEs
WCB Salaried Physicians - 22 FTEs

EXPIRING JUNE 30, 2006 - 20,924 FTEs

Education - 8,144 FTEs
Support Staff - 8,144 FTEs, 27 School districts with 31 collective agreements.
Colleges - 1,812 FTEs
Support Staff - 1,812 FTEs at BCIT, Douglas, Kwantlen, Justice Inst., Northern Lights, NWCC and Okanagan College.
Universities - 6,811 FTEs
Faculty UBC - 2,806 FTEs,
SFU - 805 FTEs,
UVic - 687 FTEs,
UNBC - 279 FTEs
Support Staff SFU Administration and Professional Services - 485 FTEs
Support Staff UVic Administration & Academic Professional Staff - 544 FTEs
Support Staff UVic Teaching Asst., ESL instructors, IT Support - 1,205 FTEs
Crowns - 4,157 FTEs all at ICBC

Source: Public Sector Employers Council Secretariat

1 Comment

After "tightening the belt", "getting the financial house in order" and "meeting new realities", how about the BC Liberals doing what's right and bargaining in good faith. All government and crown employees (MLA's and Cabinet Ministers aside of course) have been without a raise since the 90's.

Now that "the heavy lifting is over (pre-election catch phrase)" I hope Invisible Gord does the right thing.

Negotiate with the unions Gordon, not against them. Your gestapo run of 77-2 is over. Pour yourself a martini and dish out some respect instead of venom. I know you can do it.

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