ICBC workers ponder offer

ICBC and COPE 378 have reached a tentative agreement, with the final decision coming down in two weeks.

The union representing approximately 4,600 workers at the Insurance Corporation of BC—including employees at the Trail Claims Centre—announced earlier this month a tentative four-year agreement with the Corporation has been reached.

The tentative agreement has quelled the roiling waters of rotating job action.

Although the union has recommended ratification of the agreement which includes wage and benefit improvements, the agreement is tentative until it is voted on by COPE 378’s members at ICBC, said COPE 378 media spokesperson Sage Aaron.

“We are in the middle of ratifying with our membership,” she said.

The affair would take two more weeks for the final vote once all of the mail in ballots have been received and counted.

The previous agreement expired March 31, 2010. The new agreement will cover June 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. Wage increases are one per cent annually for the life of the contract.

Maternity and parental leave top-up will come into effect on July 1, 2013. ICBC has also committed to a new workload study, the union and the Corporation renewed gain-sharing language and signed-off new provisions for working from home.

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