18 Dec 2018

18 Dec 2018

Tentative Agreement Reached

After nearly three years of difficult negotiations and mediation, your bargaining committee signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the employer on December 14, 2018.

Here are the highlights from the Tentative Agreement:

  • Four-year term beginning September 1, 2016 and ending September 1, 2020;

WAGES:

  • Year One: Sept. 1, 2016: 0%
  • Year Two: Sept. 1, 2017: 0%
  • Year Three: Jan. 1, 2019: 1%
  • Year Four: Sept. 1, 2019: 1%

LANGUAGE IMPROVEMENTS

  • Workers have the right to a union steward or representative in disciplinary meetings;
  • Workers will be entitled to two paid personal leave days per year;
  • Repairs, installations, or other maintenance projects not exceeding $20,000 in costs be assigned to members of the bargaining unit when possible;
  • Clarification to the definitions of temporary and casual employees.
  • Maintenance employees will receive minimum overtime of one-hour per computer call-out, up from 30 minutes. Additionally, the call-back minimum of three-hours overtime is now three-hours for each call back if the employee has returned home and is called out again;
  • The educational adjustment for journeymen – a $0.55 per hour increase – will now be to the Employee’s Basic Rate of Pay for all hours worked as long as the position includes the required additional certification;
  • A new acting pay clause means workers will receive the rate of pay for the position they are acting in after the 6th day working that position;
  • Vacation requests will be responded to within 5 weekdays, except requests submitted for the summer vacation period;
  • If a worker becomes seriously ill during scheduled vacation, sick leave may be substituted for vacation days. This also applies if a member of a worker’s immediate family passes away during * Improvements to severance pay for part-time employees; and
  • New measures to address discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace.

The employer was unwilling to budge on wage increases during the first two years of the agreement, but given the 1% increases in years three and four – and the members’ wish to avoid job action – we ultimately deemed this deal satisfactory.

Your bargaining committee would like to thank you for your dedication and perseverance through this long and difficult round of bargaining. Informed, engaged, and mobilized AUPE members are the key to securing a fair deal at the table.

Member Update Meeting

We will host a meeting for all members on Saturday, January 12 at the St. Joseph Catholic High School auditorium. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the tentative agreement in advance of the ratification vote.

Ratification Vote

Your ratification vote will take place one week after the meeting on Saturday, January 19, also at the St. Joseph Catholic High School auditorium. Your bargaining committee will share more information about both events as details are confirmed.