YG Bargaining Update: February 2019
Your elected Bargaining Team spent several days with the employer's team between January 20 and 26th. At that time, progress was made on some of the outstanding issues, and the union's complete financial package was provided to the employer. The proposals contained within that document reflect submissions from members and Locals during the Bargaining Input period last summer.
Over that week, both parties worked to narrow down outstanding issues. Additional editorial items were agreed upon, and hours of work were signed off for a number of specific groups.
Discussions continued for key outstanding items: Respectful Workplace proposals remain unresolved, as do scheduling and hours of work for Continuing Care and Home Support workers. Community Nursing is still a subject for further discussions.
Topics listed as discussion items at our initial exchange were further explored, and resulted in the Union team submitting most of the remaining proposals that have a financial impact.
These proposals include among others:
- A new article entitled Critical Incident Leave. This proposal is designed to respond to the specific mental health needs of members who may, and in the case of first responders, are routinely confronted with traumatic work situations.
- A proposal for joint workplace training in topic areas such as Labour Management Committees and Mental Health in the workplace
The teams will be meeting again March 25-29th and April 23-26th.
Please confirm we have your up to date contact information, including cell number, so we can contact you quickly if needed during this process. Please contact us if you have made a change to your address or work location recently.
YG January 2019 Bargaining
Bargaining Dates: January 20-26, 2019
*Once reached, a tentative agreement is presented to the membership through a series of Ratification Meetings across the Territory. Union representatives will present the proposed changes to the contract, and members vote to accept or reject it.
Bargaining Proposals Exchanged
The Union's Main Table Bargaining Team met recently with the employer representatives, and proposal packages were exchanged.
Bargaining Input/Nominations Closed
Our contract with the Government of Yukon expires December 31, 2018. Both the employer and the union have expressed a desire to have a new contract in place prior to the expiry of our current agreement, so work is well underway.
Our Bargaining Conference (Pre-Bargaining) took place September 6 and 7 in Whitehorse. At that session, all submitted proposals were discussed and debated by Local representatives, and bargaining priorities were set. Elections were held for both non-monetary or Pre-Bargaining, and main table teams, along with alternates for both groups.
Bargaining Dates have already been set, and the first round of Non-Monetary talks will commence October 9th - 11th. The main table groups meet November 7 and 8 for the initial exchange of packages, and main table bargaining dates are scheduled for November 20-22. If needed, the groups will re-convene mid December.
Non-Monetary Team with Alternates, and Main Table Team with alternates.