Yukon Government Collective Agreement
The staff covered by the agreement, approximately 4,100 in total, are represented by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada and the YEU. The agreement, which expires on December 31, 2021, applies to approximately 4,100 workers represented by the YEU and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The agreement provides for pay increases totalling 5.25 per cent over three years, including some retroactive pay, as well as increases in salary categories, weekend bonuses and work bonuses for hours worked between 4 .m and 8 .m. Another aspect of the collective agreement, which is not mentioned in the government`s press release, is a common learning program, said Geick, who needed three rounds of negotiations to establish it. The Yukon government and its union have ratified a new collective agreement in force starting Monday. Steve Geick, President of the Yukon Employees Union, speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on December 18, 2018. According to Geick, a new collective agreement between the Yukon government and the Yukon Workers` Union will allow Yukon workers to take up to 48 hours of paid leave if they experience workplace trauma. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file) As with other unions, Geick said the results of the votes will not be published, in addition to the fact that voting members voted in favour of the agreement. A new collective agreement signed by the territory`s government and its union includes a first for Canada, says the president of the Yukon Employees Union (YEU).
“Many hours of hard work have been done by teams on both sides to secure this collective agreement.” The three-year contract has an expiry date of December 31, 2021. It provides an annual salary increase (5.25 percent, total, over the duration of the agreement, or $16.5 million) and higher work and weekend bonuses. Airport nurses and firefighters will benefit from additional market adaptation. Some $46,000 is also expected to be spent on community aid and remote bonuses. Yukon hospitals are working with two rate units: the agreement also allows “a worker experiencing a traumatic work accident to take time off for the remainder of the scheduled work day without affecting lost wages,” says a government press release. Earlier this year, the experienced mediator, Vince Ready, was summoned in support and an interim agreement was reached in June. The three-year collective agreement, which came into force on July 15, is the culmination of nine months of negotiations, Geick said. Geick generally called the negotiations “very respectful.” Geick used the example of a conservation official who came across a body mutilated by a bear – “something that could potentially lead to PTSD or other mental health problems.” Previously, this employee should take time off, sick leave or leave without pay. Until Monday, the two parties were bound by the previous contract, which expired on December 31, 2018.
“We have achieved most of our priorities,” including maintaining severance pay, Steve Geick, president of the Yukon Workers` Union (YEU), said Monday afternoon in a whitehorse telephone interview. Incident leave regulations allow employees to have up to 48 hours of paid leave when they experience workplace trauma, Geick said. Geick said he was also pleased that there had been no changes to severance pay, a clear instruction from members. “It will allow people to take that time without having to worry about burning their own vacation, seeing their doctor, going through the process and figuring out what they need,” he said. To promote thoughtful and respectful conversations, first names and surnames will appear at each filing at CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in child and youth-focused communities).