'The four-year deal includes a general wage increase of 2.75% in each of the last two years and a no lay-off clause.'
Winnipeg (5 Jan. 2011) - More than 14,000 public employees across Manitoba will vote Jan. 17-20 on a new tentative agreement reached just before Christmas between the province and the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE).
"The four-year deal includes a general wage increase of 2.75% in each of the last two years and a no lay-off clause, which will be in effect for the full duration of the agreement," the union says. Wages will not be increased in the first two years of the agreement.
However, the agreement also includes a 2% long service step, effective in the third year for employees with 20 or more years of service. Another amount of "approximately 1%" has been allocated for special wage adjustments in the third year of the agreement.
The proposed settlement also contains a number of improvements to health benefits, expense reimbursement rates and premiums.
"The vote will take place Jan. 17-20," MGEU says.
Information packages containing further information will be sent to each MGEU member this week with a mail-in ballot. Seasonal employees and others on leave must contact the MGEU Resource Centre to request a voting package with a ballot.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE