Today, The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer reported "Finance Minister Carole Taylor received a plea last week from a lawyer representing dozens of contractors and hundreds of employees who were left behind in the public sector pay settlements." The letter, sent by Walter Rilkoff on behalf of the Federation of Child and Family Services, asks "when FCFS' non-union members and their employees will be provided with the financial resources to provide equitable enhancements to wages and benefits to FCFS' members' employees" in light of those settlements? According to Mr. Palmer, Minister Taylor was not "inclined to respond favourably" to that request. But former children and family development minister Gordon Hogg was delivering a different message to the press back in August.
Speaking with the Peace Arch News's Steve Addison, Mr. Hogg noted the Campbell administration recognizes "there were successful negotiations with the union sector, and we also have a responsibility with the non-union sector." And he was paraphased as saying "it has been past practice to provide non-union workers in the social service sector similar raises to those received by unions." What a difference a month can make!