B.C. Hydro and COPE ratify agreement

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This 5 year agreement covers approximately 1,750 administrative, financial and technical employees involved in planning, operating and maintaining B.C.’s power transmission and generation system.

The term of the new agreement for COPE members runs until March 31, 2019.

The agreement provides for a 5.5 per cent wage increase over the five years of the term, with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds the annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the agreement.

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More than 150,000 public-sector employees are now covered by tentative or ratified agreements under the Economic Stability Mandate.

Overall, this represents about half of all unionized public-sector employees in B.C.

The government’s Economic Stability Mandate is said to provide public-sector employers the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed fiscal envelope, and offers employees an opportunity to participate in the province’s economic growth through the Economic Stability Dividend.

Settlements are expected to be unique and to reflect priorities negotiated to ensure labour stability and affordable service delivery throughout B.C.

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