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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2010FIN0047-000978

Aug. 23, 2010

Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Attorney General

 

 

LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY AND BCGEU REACH AGREEMENT

 

VICTORIA – The Legal Services Society (LSS) and the BC Government Employees’ Union have reached a tentative agreement under the government’s 2010 mandate, announced Finance Minister Colin Hansen.

 

“I’m pleased to hear that negotiators have reached a tentative agreement under the government’s negotiating framework,” said Hansen. “Negotiators worked hard to come up with an agreement that respects the Province’s ability to fund vital public services while offering job security to BCGEU members.”

 

LSS employs approximately 106 BCGEU members, including legal secretaries, intake legal assistants (who process client legal aid applications/referrals and provide legal information), IT, and administrative roles at locations in the Lower Mainland and Terrace.

 

Government has already announced its intention to control spending on wages during this round of bargaining. To protect jobs and preserve vital services British Columbians depend on, government does not have any funding for new wage increases as collective agreements are renewed.

 

“We appreciate the effort made by all parties to reach a deal,” said Harold Clark, director of strategic planning, policy, and human resources for the LSS. “This new agreement contains many positive measures beneficial to both the Legal Services Society and our staff.”

 

There are approximately 306,000 unionized workers in occupations throughout B.C.’s public sector, the great majority of which have agreements that expire between March 31, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010. Just over half of B.C.’s public-sector employees have now renegotiated agreements that were set to expire in 2010, including major agreements in the health sector and the public service.

 

Updated bargaining information is available at http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining2010/.

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Media Contact:

 

Sarah Harrison

Communications Director

Ministry of Finance

250 356-2821

 

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