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”

KRG chairperson Jennifer Munick, left, signs an agreement alongside KRGEU president Victor Mesher in late 2018. The two parties have since reached an agreement for a new short-term contract for 2021. (File photo)

By Sarah Rogers

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.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by Luisa on

    Hey Jen, Hey Vic, good job, but where are your masks to prevent spread of covid, please set an example, btw, are you guys 6 feet apart?

    • Posted by Eric on

      The photo was taken in 2018 before the pandemic. However I agree with you, a different photo would help promote an example of how we should all act.

    • Posted by File Photo on

      “KRG chairperson Jennifer Munick, left, signs an agreement alongside KRGEU president Victor Mesher in late 2018. (File Photo)”
      .
      The picture was taken long before covid ever existed. I think Victor is actually very well known in town for taking covid and mask-wearing seriously.

    • Posted by Victor on

      You will note the caption under the picture indicates it was taken in late 2018 (Ie pre COVID-19)

    • Posted by UNGAVA on

      I love the way people find something to whine about , Happy friday people.

  2. Posted by Use your thinker Luisa on

    The signing of the agreement I believe was in 2018 Luisa, can’t you read?

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