Many column inches have been plowed reporting on the upcoming round of public sector labour negotiations. But government and its creatures aren't the only ones who will be occupied by collective bargaining this fall. This week, provincial New Democrat MLAs will start hammering out a new contract with their constituency assistants, who are represented by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union Local 701. Presently, those assistants make between $34,548.57 and $39,317.04 annually. But they're looking for a raise that will push them over the $40,000 a year mark.
August 29, 2005