A striking decision

Provincial New Democrat constituency assistants are taking a strike vote, Public Eye has learned. Their bargaining committee made the decision to do so on July 5 after the assistants rejected a tentative three-year collective agreement that would have seen their salaries increased by just two percent. Ballots are to be cast no later than August 12, with the results being announced on August 13. The committee is also applying for the assistance of a mediator to help the parties reach a collective agreement. The following is a complete copy of the bargaining update announcing those developments.

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On the NDP and striking constituency assistants, it seems that "what goes around comes around".

They are in a union, they bargain and have every right to take a strike vote. It's called free collective bargaining, so what's your point Sean?

Most of the Constituency Assistant positions are political goodies given out to campaign workers by the winning candidate. One doesn't go online and apply as a person does with the Public Service.

They do the day to day work for the MLA, but they also do quite a bit of party work off hours as volunteers.

Only the NDP CAs are union, the BC Liberal CAs are not.

But does seem that the NDP CAs are striking against their own party's MLAs.

But they will settle. You won't see any CAs tending to the burn barrel in front of an NDP MLA constituency office.

Who says they do party work or election work off hours as volunteers? I worked on campaigns before so I know it's just the line. That is one reason why our electoral system is so corrupt and flawed. Incumbents, Liberals or NDPs get taxpayers' money, in form of paid staff and resources, which amount to extra resources, to run their campaigns.

"Who says they do party work or election work off hours as volunteers? I worked on campaigns before so I know it's just the line. That is one reason why our electoral system is so corrupt and flawed. Incumbents, Liberals or NDPs get taxpayers' money, in form of paid staff and resources, which amount to extra resources, to run their campaigns. "

Many do. In fact almost all of the CA's unless they are personal friends of the MLA end up being one through political parties and the power brokerage within.

It is not a true public service job, there is alot of politics. You wouldn't see a strong BC Liberal supporter working as a CA for an NDP MLA. Just would not happen.

I have yet to see one that I have seen working as a CA that does not do volunteering in a political party off hours.

The other parties do get money to run their campaigns. They have to meet minimums which isn't all that bad.


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