The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a new collective agreement with the Union of Northern Workers (UNW), marking a significant milestone in their partnership. The new agreement will cover over four thousand unionized employees of the GNWT and will ensure fair compensation, benefits, and working conditions.
The negotiations for the new agreement began in June 2020 and took over a year to finalize. The negotiations were complex due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic challenges it posed. Still, both parties were committed to reaching a fair and sustainable agreement that would benefit everyone involved.
The new collective agreement is effective from April 1, 2021, until March 31, 2024, providing stability to the workforce during uncertain times. The agreement includes several key provisions, including wage increases, improvements in benefits, and improved job security.
The wage increases provided in the new agreement will benefit employees across all classifications and levels, ranging from one percent to three percent per year. The agreement also includes provisions for a review of the wage scales, ensuring that employees receive fair and competitive wages that are commensurate with their skills and qualifications.
In addition to wage increases, the new agreement boosts benefits and job security. It includes expanded health care coverage, a new dental plan, and a new long-term disability benefit. Furthermore, the agreement offers enhanced job security provisions, including strengthened layoff and severance provisions, which provide additional protection for employees during times of economic uncertainty.
The new agreement also recognizes the importance of mental health and wellness in the workplace and includes provisions for improved access to employee assistance programs and other resources to support employee well-being.
In conclusion, the new collective agreement between the GNWT and the UNW is a significant achievement that demonstrates the importance of collaboration and negotiation in achieving fair and sustainable working conditions. The agreement provides stability and security for thousands of employees and ensures that they receive fair compensation and benefits. With this agreement, the GNWT and the UNW have set a positive precedent for future negotiations and collaborations.