Saskatchewan ‘Crown’ ratifies

Union takes same wage offer as civil service

The first of the Saskatchewan Crown corporations that are negotiating new collective agreements have reached a settlement. It holds to the 1.5 per cent, two per cent, two per cent the government has been insisting upon. It is the increase negotiated with the provincial civil service last year, but that agreement included job guarantees as well.

The unions representing 9,000 employees at SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, The Watershed Authority and Saskatchewan Government Insurance formed a common front earlier this year to battle the government’s austerity wage offer.

The various unions involved, the CEP, the IBEW and COPE, had agreed to co-ordinate their efforts and share information.

Sales employees at Bell Canada in Ontario and Quebec are feeling the effects of the intense competition in the telecommunications sector. Salaries for employees who work over the telephone will be increasing, but those for face-to-face sales reps will not. Most commission rates are unchanged.

Bus drivers with Grand River Transit in Waterloo and Cambridge, Ontario will be making two per cent more in each year of their three-year contract.

Medical benefit maximums are increased, but most other benefits are unchanged.

The plant employees of ATCO Gas in Alberta have ratified a shorter agreement, at two years, but their wages will increase by three per cent in each year. Premiums will also increase each year.

In Moncton, New Brunswick, the employees of Siemens Canada will get three per cent more per year over three years. The premium for work away from the plant is doubling from $1.00 to $2.00 per hour.

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