Earlier, we reported provincial government recruiters might have a spot of trouble convincing Alberta social workers to come to British Columbia. The reason: child protection workers serving King Ralph Klein make more than those toiling in Lotusland. And, yesterday, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union president George Heyman made the same point in a news release. According to the release, during the recent round of collective bargaining, union negotiators "warned the Campbell government that they faced a recruitment challenge to attract new social workers and child protection staff." Said Mr. Heyman, "We argued long and hard for adjustments to bridge the gap. But unfortunately government negotiators denied they faced problems and rejected our solutions out of hand."
May 11, 2006