The memo also stated that a meeting of members would be held in the “coming weeks” to discuss the agreement. Over the years, UNW members have made many important and positive progress for unionized workers. Wages and working conditions have improved for unionized workers thanks to the strength of collective bargaining. In 1998, the Hay Plan, a gender-neutral wage assessment system, was incorporated into the collective agreement with the GNWT. At the beginning of February, two more days of negotiations are proposed. A collective agreement has been reached between the Northern Workers Union (UNW) and the Government of the Northwest Territories. This agreement enters into force from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021. The bold highlight is the changes to the old collective agreement. The region also opposed the proposal for GWGs to receive a better wage increase than agricultural workers. In the case of GNWT, there are two types of wage increases: a gradual increase and an economic increase.
“For each employee, this amount would vary depending on salary level and step, which would exclude any salary increase that would result from obtaining a promotion over a five-year period.” The region has made its latest offer of UNW adaptations “… Problems related to humanitarian organizations, layoffs, mental health, extended parental leave and extended leave for survivors of domestic violence. “After two years without an increase, GWGs received a 1.6 percent increase for 2017-18, as described in the legislation,” the region said. The region stated that it would participate in mediation on 8 and 9 February “with the sole aim of concluding a new collective agreement”. GNWT “Donny Days”, which were originally a pay withdrawal for several days without pay, were negotiated by UNW on paid days off through a few collective agreements. In 2002, the benefits were enormous when the EU-backed complaint on human rights in pay equity law was finally resolved, leading to a reassessment of the value of many government-level public service jobs and millions of dollars of affected workers. In 1967, Yellowknife became the capital of the NWT and the federal government began transferring responsibility to the territory government. Many of GNWT`s first employees were previously federal employees and members of the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada.
But as GNWT employees, they had no union or collective agreement. However, there is no indication that either side will do so – and such an agreement may require more confidence and cooperation than the two sides seemed ready to extend in recent months. When problems arise in the workplace, staff would go to the Commissioner`s office individually. It was a frustrating and difficult way to deal with employment problems, and there was no collective strength in that approach. About 100 NWT government employees began their work to create the NWT Territorial Employees Association. Stewart also said the government would check how negotiations failed to improve their process in two years – the next time the collective agreement is under discussion. The union did not give an interview on the agreement, but on Monday CBC received a memo on the union`s letter to its membership.