Bargaining in the shadow of the Olympics

Recession and spending for games leave cupboard bare
By Danielle Harder
||Last Updated: 03/19/2010

The B.C. government will table its 2010 budget two days after the close of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and the province is already promising it will be a tight one.

Despite predictions the B.C. economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year, the economic turmoil of the last year and emerging overruns with the Games leave little money for unionized government workers whose current agreements are all set to expire this year, starting in March, says John Fryer, an adjunct professor in public administration at the University of Victoria and a former leader of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union.