CLV Reports surveys 2009 second-quarter settlements

‘Wait and see’ prevalent as average length of contracts drops
By Gordon Sova
||Last Updated: 10/02/2009

Canada Labour Views (CLV) Reports has analyzed 71 wage settlements that occurred in Canada in April, May and June of 2009. Fifty-three are in the private sector. Seven of the agreements are from British Columbia, six are from Alberta, five from New Brunswick, two each from Quebec and Manitoba, one each from Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, and six cover more than one province. Forty-one are from Ontario. They cover 118,800 employees. The average term of the agreements is 2.86 years. This average comprises six one-year agreements, two at less than two years, 12 two-year, one between two and three years, 34 three-year, three between three and four, nine four-year, one between four and five and three five-year. This average is significantly lower than recent quarters with a big jump in short agreements.

The 18 public-sector agreements have average wage increases of 2.9 per cent in the first year, 2.7 per cent over 16 agreements in the second year and 2.45 per cent over 12 in the third. One agreement has a fourth year with a 1.5 per cent wage increase. At 2.8 years on average, the length of these public-sector contracts is down from 3.65 years last quarter.