The Yukon Government has recently reached a new collective agreement with its employees, effective from April 1, 2019, until March 31, 2022. This new agreement, negotiated with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), covers over 4,000 employees across a variety of sectors and departments.
Under the new agreement, employees will see a 6.75% wage increase over the three-year period, along with a one-time lump sum payment equal to 1% of their annual salary. There are also increases to parental and caregiver leave, as well as to health and dental benefits.
One of the key changes in this agreement is the inclusion of a Domestic Violence Leave provision. This allows employees who experience domestic violence to take up to 10 days off work, with an additional 15 weeks of leave available on an ongoing basis if needed. This provision is a significant step towards addressing the issue of domestic violence and supporting those who experience it.
Another notable change is the establishment of a Joint Job Evaluation Committee, which will be responsible for ensuring that jobs are evaluated in a consistent and fair manner. This committee will be made up of representatives from both the union and the employer, and will help to ensure that employees are paid fairly for the work they do.
This new collective agreement is a positive step for both the Yukon Government and its employees. By working together to negotiate this agreement, both parties have been able to address important issues and make meaningful changes that will benefit everyone involved.
As the Yukon Government continues to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this new agreement provides a stable foundation for employees and ensures that they are fairly compensated for their hard work and dedication to serving the people of Yukon.