KRG and employees union agree to short-term contract
“We thought the best we could do was to ratify a deal to hold us until we could pick it up again”
The Kativik Regional Government and its employees’ union have reached an agreement for a new one-year contract for the organization’s general staff and transport workers.
The two parties had only just begun negotiations in February 2020 when COVID-19 measures prevented the groups from meeting again.
The parties reached a tentative settlement in September, subject to ratification, for a one-year agreement that runs from January through December 2021.
“We thought the best we could do was to ratify a deal to hold us until we could pick it up again in January 2021,” said Victor Mesher, president of the Kativik Regional Government Employees Union.
The agreement comes with a salary increase of two per cent for this fiscal year, Mesher said. It also includes a rollover of vacation time to be transferred to the new calendar year, given current travel restrictions, as well as a two per cent additional retention bonus for employees on the anniversary of their hiring.
KRG management and the union are expected to sit down to negotiate a new, five-year agreement in January.
That will give both parties time to consider what issues to bring to the table, Mesher said.
“COVID-19 has brought new issues to the fore,” Mesher said. “How do we deal with working at home and self-isolation?”
The KRG and union reached their last agreement in December 2018, after three years of negotiations.
The union represents roughly 200 general employees and 66 federal transport workers.