PSAC members working for the Corps of Commissionaires in BC have a new collective agreement

PSAC is happy to announce that a new collective agreement has been ratified by the members of Local 20500 who work for the Corps of Commissionaires, Victoria the Islands and Yukon.

The new contract, which expires in March 2025, contains significant wage increases over the three-year term, particularly for members at the lower end of the wage scale. The union and employer also agreed to reopen the contract early next year to address wage increases effective April 2024. This protects members from increases to the cost of living over the short term. The new agreement also contains the introduction of weekend and night shift premiums for the first time.

The new agreement also resolves long-standing grievances around leave which includes retroactive pay for members who have had their leave removed by the employer, additional personal leave, and increased flexibility for workers to cash out leave on an annual basis.

The agreement also strengthens members’ rights to union representation during the grievance process and includes new leave provisions for workers experiencing intimate partner violence. Both parties have also agreed to a Statement on Reconciliation, which will be included as a preface to the collective agreement.

The Commissionaires bargaining team, comprised of John Davies, Ron Cowthra, Curtis Martin and Erna Post, would like to thank all the members for their support during this round of bargaining. Together we are stronger!

Approximately 420 members of PSAC Local 20500 work as Commissionaires on Vancouver Island and in Whitehorse, providing high-quality security services to the federal government as well as the private sector.