July 4, 2023
Progress, Agreements, and Future Plans
Your bargaining team met with Yukon Hospital management the week of June 12. Negotiations progressed quickly, and we reached agreement on a number of items and several language changes to existing Articles.
Agreed to items:
The grievance article has been rewritten and updated. A new Article with more comprehensive provisions for Domestic or Sexualized Violence Leave has been agreed to. Compassionate Care leave has been updated to keep pace with legislative changes. A new Letter of Understanding for Rotational Part-Time Employees was signed off as well.
The Union team spent a fair amount of time reviewing issues members wanted raised at the bargaining table. This included continued discussions regarding workload, morale, the increased use of agency personnel, priority of call-ins for additional work, staffing levels and vacancies, and the new draft “Fit for Work” policy.
We also discussed the letters of understanding at the back of the Collective Agreement.
We discussed the potential creation of a new Health Authority and the impact it will have on hospital workers.
We moved much faster than anticipated and were able to table the financial proposals on the last day of bargaining. We proposed parity with YG workers in general economic increases – 4.5%, 3% and 3%. We also proposed changing our bargaining and contract cycle to align with YG’s, because of the potential creation of the Health Authority. In this instance that means an expiry of December 31, 2024, shorter than usual. Our proposals are based on labour market research, member proposals and the recent ratified agreement with YG.
Other items discussed included improvements to vacation leave, shift differentials, the introduction of a new training premium, and parity with YG wage improvements and bonuses for LPN’s.
Bargaining resumes the week of September 18.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact any of the bargaining team members if you have any questions about bargaining.
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March 17, 2023
Overview of Tabled Union Proposals
Please click the link below to review the bargaining proposals given to the employer on March 6, 2023 by your union team.
UNION PROPOSALS AS TABLED
March 8, 2023
Bargaining Update, Local Y025
We have begun bargaining a new Collective Agreement with the Yukon Hospital Corporation.
Local Y025 President Leah Santo, Anne Hotte, and Laura Howser make up our Bargaining Team. They will work with the PSAC Negotiator and Yukon Employees' Union to negotiate a contract that meets our needs in these challenging times.
The employer and union teams met the week of March 6 in Whitehorse for preliminary talks and the exchange of proposal packages. Many of the benefits you've won in previous contracts are in the employer's sights, but we will not engage in concession bargaining.
If you want to help us fight for a strong contract and improvements to our working conditions, we urge you to step forward and work to support the bargaining team. We will need members ready to talk to other workers and build pressure on the employer from the workplace floor.
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