Provincial New Democrat constituency assistants have rejected a tentative three-year collective agreement that would have seen their salaries increased by just two percent. Fifty-nine of the 83 individuals eligible to vote cast ballots, which were counted this afternoon. Of those ballots, just 42 percent were cast in favour of the agreement. That means the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union - which represents those assistants - is now a position to call a strike vote, although it may also seek mediation.
June 25, 2010