GN and employees union head back to the bargaining table
Negotiations toward new contract to resume on Monday
Bargaining teams from the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Employees Union are set to get back to work towards a new collective agreement.
The GN’s collective agreement with the NEU, which determines wages and benefits for more than 4,000 GN employees, expired at the end of September 2018. It remains in place while the two sides negotiate a new contract.
Bargaining will resume on Monday, NEU President Jason Rochon confirmed in an email.
“We are cautiously optimistic,” he said in his statement.
Outstanding issues for the union include salary increases and the Nunavut Northern Allowance, and negotiating a new provision for paid domestic violence leave for employees, Rochon said.
“What we are hoping has changed is the government’s commitment to approaching these talks in good faith and with a willingness to try to reach a fair agreement on these issues.”
In October, the union accused the government of bad-faith bargaining after it obtained court documents that showed the GN knew about a miscalculation it had made in part of its offer to the union.
The GN, in turn, said the union had rejected an offer without meeting with the government’s bargaining team.
Both parties have said they cannot discuss specifics of offers made or what is being negotiated until a deal is reached.
The two sides have also said they were waiting for the other side to come back to the bargaining table.
Since then, Rochon was elected NEU president and, following a territorial election, Adam Lightstone was named the new minister of human resources.
The bargaining teams are set to meet on Feb. 21, the same day the legislative assembly reconvenes for its first sitting of the year.