Hundreds of people have employed you through a new collective agreement reached by their bargaining team. The head of the union pointed out that the Bermuda government had concluded its own separate agreements with both the Bermuda teachers` union and the Bermuda public services union. The BIU has become the largest and most influential union in the country by centralizing its organization and connecting to be segmented to the needs of different sectors, such as electricians, hospital staff, hotel workers and roads.  Initially, between 1946 and 1960, several strikes resulted in some gains for workers, but after 1960, when Ottiwell Simmons, a union training organizer, became president, BIU became a professional organization focused on training organizers and civil servants.  Until the 1981 general strike, BIU labour negotiations were able to remain calm during collective bargaining.  The Bermuda Industrial Union was founded by Edgar Fitzgerald Gordon to facilitate collective bargaining for working-class Bermudians at a time when the labour force was composed mainly of black Bermudians deprived of their rights because of the property requirements controlling the right to vote.   Gordon was president until his death in 1955 and one of the most influential leaders of the BIU was Dr. Barbara Ball, who became general secretary of the organization in 1962.  As a white woman, she opposed the unequal practices of professional and wage practices based on race, she earned the respect of black Bermudians and despised other whites.   Mr. R.
Scott Pearman, Director of Human Resources and Chief Bargaining Officer of BHB, said, „We continue to build on our good relationship with the BIU, as shown by our search for a satisfactory solution for both parties to the collective agreement. This recent agreement has given us an opportunity to improve sick leave rights for our senior managers. Also approved, were increases in the salaries of our craftsmen. This will allow us to be more competitive in recruiting rare talent in this particular sector of the industry. The agreement will be officially signed on Thursday, May 25, at a ceremony scheduled for 10 .m in the BIU building on Union Street. In addition to the negotiating teams, BHB President Anthony Richardson, BHB Chief Executive Officer Venetta Symonds and BIU President Chris Furbert are participating. Molly Burgess, Secretary General and Chief Negotiator of the BIU, said: „We are pleased to have concluded this agreement successfully. This is an asset – not just for BIU and BHB – but for our members. Venetta Symonds, Chief Executive Officer of BHB, said: „BIU members of our employees are an important stakeholder group in providing services to our customers. That`s why our commitment to meeting the primary employment needs of our employees is important for maintaining a dedicated and dedicated workforce. BHB made significant direct investments in its employees last year, and this agreement shows that all categories of employees benefit from our strategic retention initiatives. The new agreement covers the period from October 5, 2005 to October 4, 2007. For all workers covered by the agreement, there will be favourable wage increases.
BIU employees with more than 10 years of uninterrupted employment will benefit from their committed service by significantly increasing their sick leave rights.