Negotiations for VAG begin June 12

Thursday, June 7, 2018

News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Bargaining Committee: Negotiations begin June 12, 2018 
Five dates in June have been set aside for negotiations. The committee would like to thank fellow members in each department for their support during this time. Bargaining is a team effort! We are grateful for everyone who is covering for us while we’re away.

Since May of 2017 the Bargaining Committee has researched and prepared improvements for our Collective Agreement. We have met with several departments to discuss in detail the changes they would like to see come forth. Further information was gathered through a survey in which many members voiced their opinions on specific topics. In September of 2017 these changes were presented to the membership and ratified by a majority vote. Thank you for participating in this process. Your involvement is crucial!

We are confident our employer is willing to openly discuss the changes we present and that a fair and equitable agreement will be made. During negotiations, it is the committee’s work to express the unified ideas of our membership. As items are brought to the table and changes are made we will need to stand together as members with a collective voice. The Bargaining Committee hopes you understand that negotiations are confidential. We will not be able to discuss the details of the contract while at the table. We will, however, do our best to communicate with the membership as we proceed. If necessary, we will hold a general meeting with our membership in order to better inform you of the issues at hand.

Thanks again for all your help while we laid the groundwork and for your future support in the work yet to come.

In solidarity,
Steven Best, Kulvinder Lehal, Noel Graves Macul (Chair), Susan Rome, Jim Stamper, Emmy Lee Wall and Gail Johnson, Staff Representative