Manitoba civil servants accept government’s offer

Correctional officers remain without a sub agreement
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

Manitoba’s civil servants are 67 per cent in favour of accepting the government’s ratified collective agreement.

The members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union won’t see a wage increase in 2010 or 2011, but will receive a 2.75 per cent raise in 2012 and 2013. Employees who have been working for more than 20 years will see an additional raise of 2.0 per cent in the third year.

The government also guaranteed employment for the duration of the contract to those who were hired before the previous agreement expired in March 2010. Improvements were also made to the group’s dental, vision and drug plans, and pension contributions will increase 0.5% each year, shared between the employee and employer.

Only 56 per cent of eligible members voted on the agreement. A total of 7,163 ballots cast were cast with 4,824 in favour of accepting the agreement last week.

A previous offer from the Manitoba government was turned down on January 21. In its communications to the membership before the second vote, the MGEU stressed that it felt it could not make the government budge any further.

Meanwhile, correctional officers remain without a sub agreement. Members voted 95 per cent to turn down the government’s final offer on March 2, 2011.

The rejected four-year offer only saw a wage premium of 1.0 per cent in its third year. The bargaining committee will request to return to the table to resume negotiations.

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