Approximately 21,000 government employees have reached atentative agreement with the Alberta government. The agreement includes a lumpsum payment of $1,750 upon ratification, another lump sum payment of $1,250 inJanuary 2012, followed by a four per cent wage increase in April 2012.
The two and one-half year agreement for members of theAlberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) includes correctional andprobation officers, and social and child welfare workers, as well asadministrative support staff.
“We have not only achieved meaningful pay increases, buthave addressed many of the serious concerns our members have had with thisagreement for more than three decades,” AUPE president Guy Smith said in aunion press release.
The deal also includes a $750 annual health spending accountand the removal of a cap on long-term disability insurance payments. There willalso be an increase in the shift differential and weekend premium pay from$1.75 to $2.75.
The agreement also includes – for the first time – seniorityprovisions concerning layoffs and the introduction of high-level dialogue toaddress workload and staffing level issues faced by workers.
Union members still must vote on the ratification of thisagreement.
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