“Financial institution workers have joined our union because they see the value of having a voice in the workplace,” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “You understand that significant gains for workers are made through collective bargaining and protected by solidarity in the workplace.” With a collective agreement, you know what your rights are. You know what your employer can and cannot do, and by negotiating a collective agreement, you collectively have control over your working conditions. If you are a member of the BCGEU, you are not alone in managing and dealing with issues in your workplace. A collective agreement with your employer means that your rights as an employee, working conditions and remuneration are clearly formulated. “A union makes people feel safe, knowing they are being treated fairly. Vancity employee Davin Lo says working in a unionized environment makes a better job in many ways. Perhaps the most important thing for Davin is for him and his colleagues to hear their voices. “People sometimes feel that the greatest benefit of union membership is job security and wage increases. For me, it`s about sharing a collective voice. If something bothers you, you`re not alone,” he says.
For more information on BCGEU membership, please contact 604-882-0111 or www.bcgeu.ca. Davin also stresses the importance of a collective agreement. “It provides an understanding between the employer and the worker and clearly sets guidelines.” In a collective agreement, everything is black and white, so there is no room for ambiguity. Call Jonny at 778-240-2279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to benefit from a collective agreement and union representation. The new BCCGEU/NUPGE members work in the Vancity Visa Cardholder Care, Visa Cardholder Credit and Visa Cardholder Collections and Fraud departments. They now have access to the Vancity collective agreement and will negotiate specific terms for their departments. The entire De Vancity bargaining unit will renegotiate the collective agreement at the end of 2015. The 26 financial service providers in this sector join more than 700 of their Vancity colleagues who, as part of their collective agreement, have access to fair wages and improved working conditions.