Sgeu Agreement 2016
SGEU President Bob Bymoen said the details of the agreement would not yet be discussed in the media. The GSM represents approximately 10,000 departmental employees. Negotiations on the new agreement began in October 2016, when the last agreement expired. “We hope that this will bring the parties together and that they can draw a collective agreement from it,” Bymoen said. More than three years after the previous agreement expired, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan and the General Union of Workers (SGEU) have ratified a Memorandum of Understanding. Members of the GSM bargaining committee will now work with the province to conclude the new collective agreement. It expires on September 30, 2022. “We respect the fact that this is part of collective bargaining. Our next steps include negotiating an essential service agreement. We continue to hope for a negotiated solution. The new agreement gives union workers annual wage increases of zero per cent, zero per cent, one per cent, two per cent, two per cent and two per cent, four to seven per cent more over a six-year stay, from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2022. The new agreement provides for wage increases of zero per cent, zero per cent, one per cent, two per cent (combination of pension and general wage increase), two per cent and two per cent over a six-year period.
It will run from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2022. While the union has a strike mandate, more work would have to be done before workers could strike. One is to return to the negotiating table, but Bymoen said the unions and the government must also reach a key service agreement before workers are able to strike. “The bargaining committee felt that the government was not taking the government as seriously as it should, so we now hope, with a strike mandate, that the parties will be able to meet, settle their differences and enter into a collective agreement.” “We are pleased that a majority of members voted in favour of this interim agreement,” said Lori Bossaer, Chair of the GSP Negotiating Committee. The agreement covers approximately 11,000 SGEU members who work as transport and equipment officers, prison officers, park officers, conservation officers, social workers and many other public sectors. Our priority was to reach an agreement that was good for the public servants and the people we serve, the citizens of Saskatchewan. REGINA — GSM members voted 70 per cent in favour of the new provincial collective agreement.