The B.C. Lions game against the Edmonton Eskimos on Oct. 29, a battle to be the best in the west, is a go. There is labour peace at B.C. Place Stadium, where members of local 1703 of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union were in a position to strike to gain a new contract. A deal was reached late Oct. 24. Pending a vote by the workers, all events, including the Nov. 25 Vanier Cup and Nov. 27 Grey Cup, will go ahead as scheduled.
And maybe we’ll finally have a news conference where Telus will tell us about the Cisco StadiumVision technology at B.C. Place and the stadium’s new corporate name.
Here is the announcement from B.C. Pavilion Corporation and the union:
TENTATIVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN BC PLACE AND BCGEU
Vancouver, BC (October 25, 2011): BC Place, operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), and the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) are very pleased to announce that a tentative agreement was reached late last night, after both parties resumed collective bargaining.
The BCGEU is recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement to its membership belonging to BCGEU Local 1703, and is scheduling a ratification vote to take place this weekend.
The tentative agreement also ensures there will be no disruption of the BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos game scheduled for this Saturday, October 29th at BC Place.
“We’re glad this tentative agreement could be reached without any disruption to operations at BC Place,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “Our members were seeking a fair collective agreement and they got it.”
“With this tentative agreement, we’re now able to finalize plans to host the BC Lions game this weekend,” said Howard Crosley, General Manager of BC Place. “We are pleased that we have reached a tentative collective agreement satisfactory to both parties, and we look forward to moving ahead together with all of the events planned for BC Place in the future”.
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