New Collective Agreement Ratified
Your new collective agreement has been ratified following a vote on Tuesday, March 12.
Your bargaining committee thanks you for all the support and solidarity you showed throughout negotiations.
There are a number of changes and improvements in this new agreement. Here are some of the changes that matter to you:
• An entirely new Article about Contracting Out, which prevents the employer from contracting out bargaining unit positions without first consulting with the Union.
• Health & Wellness Spending Account: Your account starts at $1,000. Over the course of the agreement it will increase to $1,112.50 on April 1, 2019, and $1,150 on January 1, 2020.
• Premiums for your Employee and Family Assistance Program will now be paid 100% by the employer.
• A wage reopener in the third year of the agreement, which we will begin negotiating on May 1, 2019 or on another mutually agreed on date. If we cannot agree on a new salary adjustment by June 30, 2019, we will be able to apply for interest arbitration, which would be held no later than October 31, 2019.
Your bargaining committee is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout the entire negotiations process. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee or AUPE resource staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.