EDITORIAL – As inflation soars, timing for a BCGEU strike isn’t the best

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THERE’S NEVER A GOOD TIME for unions to strike but certain times are worse than others.

The B.C. General Employees’ Union is in the middle of a contract dispute with their government employer that so far includes the targeting of B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch centres — including Kamloops — and, as of a couple of days ago, a ban on non-emergency overtime.

So far, the public has been only slightly inconvenienced, having to contend with limited liquor supplies. But the BCGEU represents a wide range of employees, including corrections officers, court clerks, liquor and cannabis store workers, highways maintenance workers, casino employees and others — 33,000 in all.

The government has offered almost 11 per cent in pay increases over three years, plus $2,500 signing bonuses — not bad but not good enough, says the union, which is insisting on further adjustments for inflation.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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