KUUJJUAQ, QC, Dec. 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Kativik Regional Government Employees Union (KRGEU) have a new collective agreement. A settlement agreement was reached last April, however since then, the employer had been trying to back track on this negotiated agreement. The KRG finally heard reason and decided to honor the April deal.
The union, affiliated with the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP–CSN) is very satisfied with the outcome of this negotiation.
"Our members were mobilized from the beginning and we showed great solidarity throughout the process. The KRG let go of all of their demands that were non-negotiable for us and we received salary increases of 2,5 % for the first three years of the agreement and 2% for the last one, which is more than respectable. We also got retroactivity for our members and indexed per diems," said Victor Mesher, President of KRGEU.
Excessive and Unexpected Demand
The KRG was requesting the withdrawal of a letter of agreement permitting the organization to attract and retain a skilled workforce. Withdrawing this measure would have cost members $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 annually in lost wages. Fortunately, this request was abandoned by the KRG.
"Once this situation was clarified, the climate became much healthier and more cordial at the bargaining table, allowing the final details of the agreement to be tied. The members are satisfied, it is a happy ending not only for us but also for all the Nunavik communities who will be able to benefit from our good and loyal services. We now hope to develop better collaboration with the employer and that the working relationship will be healthy and cordial in the years to come," Mr. Mesher concludes.
About the Union
The Kativik Regional Government Employees Union (KRGEU) represents more than 250 members in 14 communities throughout the Nunavik region, from Kuujjuaq to Salluit. The union's members work in a diverse range of jobs, from maintenance and support staff to professionals. The KRGEU is affiliated with the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP–CSN), which has more than 425 affiliated unions representing approximately 60,000 members working in the field of public and para-public services. The CCMM-CSN brings together nearly 100,000 public and private sector members of unions in Montreal, Laval, Nunavik and James Bay.
SOURCE Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP-CSN)
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