Employer continues asking for concessions in latest bargaining round
PSAC-UTE bargaining team declares an impasse
The bargaining team met with the employer from January 21-24 where wage proposals were put forward. Our team proposed fair increases to keep up with the cost of living. However the employer indicated they have no mandate to offer anything beyond what was offered by the Treasury Board in bargaining with PSAC (0.75% per year for 4 years with a refusal to make the increases retroactive to the start of the term of the collective agreement). The employer also refused to discuss the lack of permanent jobs and other staffing concerns. Concerning call centre workers, the employer's proposals would not result in significant improvements for our members.
Contract negotiations will now move forward to a Public Interest Commission (PIC).
UTE National President Marc Briere will be joining us for our local’s Annual General Meeting being held on Wednesday February 6th at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Hamilton. This will be the local membership’s opportunity to speak to and ask direct questions to Marc concerning the negotiations.