“The six crowns. received the equivalent of a 1.6 per cent lump sum payment, and there are other provisions in each of the collective agreements that we believe offer benefits and improvements that go beyond the mandate the employer has put on the table,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor National President Jerry Dias. REGINA – After several weeks of voting in municipalities across Saskatchewan, Unifor members working at SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, DirectWest and SecureTek have ratified the new collective agreements. Agreements shall be concluded after approval by the Board of Directors. Members ratified the three-year agreement on Wednesday 3 December. The government statement said the six-year contracts with SaskEnergy, SaskWater and SaskPower provide for annual salary increases of zero, zero, one, two, two and two percent. On October 1, a complaint was filed on this subject, directly at the third stage of the appeal procedure, which states that “the company misinterpreted the collective agreement relating to the EDO right / compensation of workers entitled to return to work after the strike / lockout”. The desired comparison is as follows: “Full relief, as deemed appropriate by an arbitrator for any member against whom his or her collective agreement rights have been violated.” IBEW`s previous collective agreement with SaskPower expired on December 31, 2016 and SaskPower and IBEW began collective bargaining in 2017. The agreement was also approved by SaskPower`s management and Board of Directors. SaskPower will work with IBEW to implement the revised terms and conditions as quickly as possible. The union communication indicated that, although all crowns had accepted the agreements, two employers – SaskEnergy and SaskPower – had not yet ratified the new collective agreements. The province reached preliminary agreements with the crowns on Oct. 20, after a 17-day conflict.

The unions voted to ratify the agreements on 28 October and concluded the agreement on Thursday. “As we`ve said all the time, there are innovative ways to find ways to go beyond the mandate. We found that and our members accepted it by an overwhelming majority. We never said we would never accept zeros. We said that we would never accept the mandate and that we had to go beyond the mandate. In each of these agreements, we believe that we have exceeded the mandate. “We are very pleased that employees represented by Unifor voted to ratify their respective agreements,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in a statement. “We believe the agreements are fair and equitable and provide long-term stability for both employees and Crown businesses and agencies. Thank you to the management and union teams for their hard work and commitment throughout the process. “We asked the president if you had control of the financial package and if you had the opportunity to say `yes` to our provisional agreement, and she said yes,” Kuntz said. “We knew she wasn`t, and soon after she found out she didn`t control that money.” Although he declined to give further details, Doherty said improvements had been made to each collective agreement. SaskEnergy, SaskWater and SaskPower have reached a six-year agreement with a seven per cent increase as follows: “We are very pleased that employees represented by Unifor voted to ratify their respective agreements,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in a press release issued by the government.

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