VANCOUVER, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The B.C. Liberal government's failure to
properly fund the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club in Kelowna-Westside may
lead to youth service cuts, the B.C. Government and Service Employees'
Union has learned.
The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club is a leading provider of programs to
children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and
social development for over 6,000 young people and families each year
in 30 locations in the Okanagan valley, including in Kelowna-Westside.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has failed to
fund modest wage increases of 1.5 percent for front line workers at the
Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. "We are not financially able to fund the
increased wages without service reductions," CEO Craig Monley wrote in
a letter to front line staff dated June 24.
The wage raises were negotiated and ratified on April 22, 2013 within
the government's so-called co-operative gains mandate, which identified
cost savings to fund the pay raises. However, MCFD has failed to
provide bridge funding to cover the payroll increase until the cost
savings can be realized.
The BCGEU and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represent 83
workers at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.
BCGEU and CUPE are a part of the Community Social Services Bargaining
Association that bargains on behalf of 10,000 unionized community
social service workers in British Columbia.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
contact Oliver Rohlfs (778) 318-9164