Picket Line at BC Place Ends – Mediation Begins

The picket line surrounding BC Place in Vancouver, BC, has come to and end for now. BC Place management invited members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) Local 1703 to re-establish negotiations through formal mediation.

With the Vancouver International Boat Show set to open February 7, event organizer, Canadian Boat Shows Inc. (CBSI), was concerned the ongoing labour dispute could overlap with the show.

BCGEU has asked its workers to report to work as previously scheduled. While no new collective bargaining agreement has yet been established, BCGEU feels enough progress has been made in mediation for the picket line to end as a gesture of goodwill.

"Our focus at this time is on facilitating the return to work for our bargaining employees,” said Howard Crosley, General Manager, BC Place. “The BC Place management team has been briefed and is working with our employees to help ensure a smooth process. We have always stated that our goal is to secure a positive outcome. We hope this can be achieved through mediated negotiations.”

CBSI reminded its exhibitors that contingency plans will continue to be developed and communicated to exhibitors, pending direction from BC Place. "While formal negotiations through mediation is a positive step, contingency plans remain necessary due to the ongoing uncertainty of a resolution,' stated CBSI in an e-newsletter update to exhibitors. "Exhibitors should continue with their regular plans to start move-in of the 2013 Vancouver Boat Show. We remain committed to providing you with timely information throughout the labour disruption and resumed negotiations at BC Place.'

The show's in-water venue at Granville Island is not affected by the labour disruptions at BC Place. Exhibitors at Granville Island will not experience any changes during their move-in.