Nevertheless, in an earlier statement, McKay said the union had achieved “significant improvements in contract language and performance increases in a three-year agreement.” “We are committed to continuing to work with IBEW management on an agreement,” BC Hydro said. The union did not provide the exact details of the provisional agreement or the reasons why it was rejected. The union, which represents BC Hydro`s electricity workers, rejected a preliminary contract agreement with the utility, opening the door to possible labor measures. Global News contacted McKay and the union for comment. We have negotiated the best possible return for our members at BC Hydro and ABSBC and we are delighted that the distribution business is fully done. We firmly believe that this is the best outcome for our members and their careers, as well as for BC Hydro customers. The provincial bargaining mandate was a sore point for B.C. Teachers who say it hinders raising salaries to a level that can attract out-of-province hires and address a critical teacher shortage. “Our members have sent a clear message and we will be speaking to our members in the coming days to discuss next steps,” union executive director Doug McKay said in a statement. READ MORE: B.C. Teachers reject the Mediator`s recommendations on the execution of the contract with the employer In December, after months of negotiations, a preliminary agreement was reached, but McKay warned at the time that the provincial bargaining mandate for public sector employees prevented the union from negotiating a 2% annual wage increase. If you are not a board member or director of the union, we cannot contact you via your work-based email address due to employer restrictions.

Make sure we have your email address at home so we can keep you informed of the most up-to-date information about unions and employers. Update your data by registering for the Member Portal. BC Hydro brings the subcontracted work back to Accenture Business Services BC (ABSBC) in the distribution business. McKay did not say what those next steps might be, but a union member who spoke to Global News on condition of anonymity said a strike might be possible. READ MORE: B.C. . . .