Send us an email to livingwage@vancity.com for more information Davin also stresses the importance of a collective agreement. “It provides an understanding between the employer and the worker and establishes clear guidelines.” In a collective agreement, everything is black and white, so there is no room for ambiguity. Call Jonny at 778-240-2279 or send organizing@bcgeu.ca to find out how to benefit from a collective agreement and union representation. “Financial institution workers have joined our union because they see the value of having a voice in the workplace,” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “You understand that the gains for workers are considerable through collective bargaining and protected by solidarity in the workplace.” The new BCCGEU/NUPGE members work in the Vancity Visa Cardholder Care, Visa Cardholder Credit and Visa Cardholder Collections and Fraud departments. They now have access to the Vancity collective agreement and will negotiate specific terms for their departments. The entire De Vancity bargaining unit will renegotiate the collective agreement at the end of 2015. The 26 financial service providers in this sector join more than 700 of their Vancity colleagues who, as part of their collective agreement, have access to fair wages and improved working conditions. Vancity is the largest credit union in English-speaking Canada.

Visa Centre staff are joining a growing number of Vancity BCGEU/NUPGE members. For more information: Brian Gardiner, BCGEU Communications, (604) 291-9611 Harp Dhillon, a long-time Vancity employee who has been in charge of BCGEU/NUPGE at the Member Services Centre for five years, supported the organization. “I shared the same floor with Visa employees for a few years and it`s great to see them get organized for the same right to negotiate their working conditions as we did,” Dhillon said. With a collective agreement, you know what your rights are. You know what your employer can and cannot do, and by negotiating a collective agreement, you collectively have control over your working conditions. If you are a member of the BCGEU, you are not alone in managing and dealing with problems in your workplace. A collective agreement with your employer means that your rights as an employee, working conditions and remuneration are clearly formulated. “A union makes people feel safe because they know they are being treated fairly. Vancity employee Davin Lo says working in a unionized environment does a better job in many ways.