Saskatchewan ‘Crown’ ratifies

Union takes same wage offer as civil service
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/22/2011

The first of the Saskatchewan Crown corporations that are negotiating new collective agreements have reached a settlement. It holds to the 1.5 per cent, two per cent, two per cent the government has been insisting upon. It is the increase negotiated with the provincial civil service last year, but that agreement included job guarantees as well.

The unions representing 9,000 employees at SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, The Watershed Authority and Saskatchewan Government Insurance formed a common front earlier this year to battle the government’s austerity wage offer.

The various unions involved, the CEP, the IBEW and COPE, had agreed to co-ordinate their efforts and share information.