Re-Bid FAQs

Last Updated: October 17, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about the ABSU re-bid and what the outcome means for members. We will be updating this list as new information comes in. Please email abscomm@moveuptogether.ca if you have questions that are not answered here.

Click on the below questions to go to the answers.

Questions
Background
"Sweeping Changes" to BPO
Bumping
Pension
Severance
Transition Logistics
What Action is the Union Taking?
What Action Can I Take?

 

Answers

Background

"Sweeping Changes" to BPO

  • What does "sweeping changes" mean?
    • According to Pierre Choquette, Labour Relations Manager at Accenture, this is in reference to how the work is to be done and who employees will be interacting with, and does not refer to actual staffing changes or job loss. However, it may affect the exact work people do and the people they interact with at work. We will likely have more details later in August.
    • We have heard that some managers are telling our BPO members that the job affected by the “sweeping changes” may not be secure. This is contrary to what both Accenture and BC Hydro have told us. Please let us know at abscomm@moveuptogether.ca if you hear something similar from your manager.

Bumping

Pension

Severance

Transition Logistics

What Action is the Union Taking?

  • What is the union doing on this?
    • MoveUP has been engaging media and we'll be continuing our public relations campaign to show politicians and British Columbians how important your jobs are to your families and communities. We're also continuing to press for a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman.
  • Is the union taking any action at the BC Utilities Commission?
    • MoveUP is an intervenor at the BCUC. We use this status and our ability to file Freedom of Information requests to show that the Accenture contract has been effective, that splitting the work among more contractors is inefficient and bad for ratepayers and workers. We also look at filings from BC Hydro and Accenture to show that ABSU has no cause to ask for concessions in bargaining.
    • BC Hydro’s Revenue Requirement filings have been stuck in limbo as we await the results of the Ministerial Rate Review. Once the proceedings re-start we will again be involved.
       

What Action Can I Take?

  • What action can I take?
    • The union is continuing to push for a meeting with Minister Rich Coleman. We’re continuing to ask members to send letters and emails to their MLAs (templates on the website) and to set up meetings with their MLAs. This is especially important if you live in a government MLA’s riding, as this can convince them to put pressure on the Minister and the Premier.
    • If you hear any rumours from other workers or management about the future of your jobs or the contract, or specific changes to your work, please contact your Job Steward and/or rep. This will help the union make sure management is not trying to take advantage of uncertainty to make more changes. It will also help us make sure all our members have the facts on important issues.
       
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