Media Release - December 18, 2015
The ballots have been counted and the BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union members have ratified a new five (5) year deal with BC Ferries Inc. with an overwhelming 88% "YES" vote.
Graeme Johnston, Provincial President is very pleased by the results and it is a validation that free Collective Bargaining can be done and gains can be made at the bargaining table.
"This is an historical vote. For only the fourth time in our Union's history has an agreement been reached without the intervention of a third party and before the expiration date of the contract," said Graeme Johnston, Provincial President.
BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union is the largest Marine Union in Canada, representing over 3600 members from across 35 vessels, 47 ports of call, and numerous other job sites. BCFMWU membership includes a diverse group of Trades, Ships Officers, Commercial Services Drivers and both ship and shore workers.