Thank you for visiting the BC CEO Network website! Our network of agency leaders has a clear set of purposes:
- To facilitate a Collective Voice
- To promote effective business practices
- To promote leadership development and mutual support
Our next meetings are scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd in Surrey, BC.
April 17, 2019, Low Wage Redress Update
As we continue our campaign to reverse government’s Low Wage Redress decision, we issued a press release and the letter our legal counsel sent to the Minister of Finance earlier this week to provincial media outlets and our membership. We still await a response from our mid-March letter to the Minister of Finance.
April 11, 2019, Low Wage Redress Update
I’m taking a moment this morning to reflect on yesterday’s gathering on the steps of the BC Legislature of over 100 community and social services leaders to bring attention to the provincial government’s recent decision to exclude over 13,000 non-union front line workers from a much deserved 12% Low Wage Redress that union workers will be receiving over the next three years. This decision is unfair and goes against the precedent set by 12 years of practice. The rally was not about pitting union against non-union employees. Heck, I’m a big supporter of unions—was the union rep at my school when I taught in the public system, love the hard working union members at Semiahmoo House Society (we usually have zero grievances because of the respect management and employees have for each other), and understand the work that unions have done to ensure employees are treated fairly in their places of work. However, in the work that is done in the community and social services sector, which is based on relationships, flexibility, and innovative ways to support people to be included in their communities, there is a place for non-union workers. Especially when these non-union workers do not want to be part of a union (because they have employers who respect them and fight for their right to receive a fair wage for the work that they do). I’m hopeful that the provincial government listens to provincial organizations like the BC CEO Network, Vela Canada, Inclusion BC, The Federation of Community Social Services, Board Voice, and PARCA; and, more importantly the workers, families, and people who will be adversely affected by this wedge that is being driven into the heart of community social services. I know that our Network will not rest until Low Wage Redress is fairly distributed to all.
Low Wage Redress has been a topic of note in question period in the legislature. Please take a moment to listen to the questions and answers from government during these two question periods:
Doug Tennant, President
Low Wage Redress Rally at the Legislature, April 2, 2019