SaskPower`s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2067 (IBEW) Members have ratified a new collective agreement with the company. The union, which represents 1,686 SaskPower employees, confirmed the results of the ratification on 12 February 2020. “We are very pleased that the staff represented by Unifor voted in favour of ratifying their respective agreements,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in a government press release. The ratified agreement provides for the following economic adjustments for the six-year period between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2022: 0, 0, 1, 2, 2 and 2%. “We asked the president of us on the other side of the table, you have control of the financial package and the ability to say yes to our provisional agreement, and she said “yes,” ” said Kuntz. We knew she wasn`t doing it, and soon after, she realized she didn`t have control of that money. IBEW`s collective agreement with SaskPower expired on December 31, 2016, and SaskPower and IBEW began collective bargaining in 2017. SaskEnergy, SaskWater and SaskPower agreed on a six-year contract with a seven per cent increase as follows: On 31 October, we filed a complaint on 31 October, directly at the third stage of the claim procedure, which concludes that “the company has mistakenly interpreted the collective agreement on EDO law/compensation for eligible workers in the event of a return to business after strike/lock-out.” The comparison sought is “a full remedy, as is appropriated by an arbitrator for each member who has violated his or her collective rights.” Agreements are concluded after approval by the Board of Directors. On 10 October, the Water Safety Agency and its local union reached an interim agreement. On October 20, an agreement was reached between the union and the rest of the Crown. Unifor says the new agreement implies a net increase above the province`s original five per cent cap. Unifor members, who are employed by five Saskatchewan crowns, have ratified new collective agreements. “As we have said all the time, there are innovative ways to find ways to move beyond the mandate.
We found that they and our members accepted it by an overwhelming majority. We never said that we would never accept zeroes. We said that we would never accept that mandate and that we should beat the mandate. In each of these agreements, we believe that we have beaten the mandate. The government statement states that six-year-olds in SaskEnergy, SaskWater and SaskPower are calling for annual increases of zero, zero, one, two, two per cent and two per cent. Although he declined to elaborate, Mr. Doherty said improvements had been made to each collective agreement. The six-year contract with the Water Safety Agency provides for a 6% increase in annual salaries, which is 0% in the first two years, 1% for each third and fourth year and 2% for a fifth and fifth year. A 1% increase in pensions is also expected to be included in the fourth year. “We are very pleased that Unifor staff voted to ratify their respective agreements,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in a press release. “We believe that 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. Nearly 5,000 Unifor members who worked in Crown groups went on strike between September 30 and October 19. The new five-year collective agreements include a net increase in spending above the five per cent ceiling originally set by the State Government.