REGINA — Unifor employees with SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater and the Water Safety Agency have entered into new collective agreements with the province. „The solidarity and support of Unifor members for the six crowns, as well as those who joined our pickets across the province, were the key to this agreement,“ said Jerry Dias, President of Unifor National. „I would like to thank Ian Davidson, President of Unifor Local 649, Dave Kuntz, President, Unifor Local 1-S, Penny Matheson, President, Unifor Local 2-S and Doug Lang, President, Unifor Local 820, for showing tremendous determination and leadership in standing united and opposing the Moe government`s regressive mandate to reach a fair collective agreement.“ Details of the interim agreements will be released after ratification votes this month. The union, which represents thousands of Crown employees in Saskatchewan, has ratified new collective agreements. „Because the agreements were different, we were able to negotiate various performance improvements or improvements to the collective agreements of the different [crowns] beyond,“ Doherty said. According to the agreement reached by 980 CJME, wage increases are zero for the first two years, then one percent in the third year and two percent in the four and fifth years. Local 2-S – E-Mailfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-382-7555 The union wanted agreements that did not include zero per cent increases and required annual increases corresponding to the cost of living. „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. On October 20, the union reached an interim agreement and the workers were back on duty this week.
But today, many workers are looking at the agreement and wondering what it was all about. www.unifor.org/en/covid-19-mental-health-guide For more information, please contact: Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communication Phone: 306.777.4476 Email: Michelle.Englot@sasktel.com Local 1-S – e-mail email@example.com or call 306-586-7271 The water safety service and local representatives of their employees obtained an interim agreement on October 10. The other six crowns and the union announced that they had agreed on October 20. Unifor has developed a dedicated section of Covid-19 on its National website. It contains useful information about the virus and the workplace. Unifor Locals across the country uses this information to support its members and work with employers.