- New pay rates will be visible within EmpCenter on March 19, 2017.
- Retro will be paid on the April 7, 2017 pay date.
If you have any questions or concerns; please contact the union office at: 306-352-8282.
The move to end the working relationship comes after the company proposed to increase utility rates by 68%.
All 10 EPCOR employees will now work for the Town of Taber to ease the transition.
“We brought the employees in-house,” Town of Taber CAO Cory Armfelt said. “There are certain savings we will see by not going to a third party, and we will be able to provide the same service that EPCOR has done.”
“It’s closer to home, it’s more hands-on (now),” Taber Mayor Henk De Vlieger said. “We have our own departments in place that have the knowledge to deal with this and I think the hands-on approach will benefit the town.”
Details about how the contract was broken were not released, however, both the town and EPCOR said the move wouldn’t result in any penalties or buyouts. The town also said there will be no utility increases for this year.
In a recent release, The Town of Taber expressed gratitude for all of the work EPCOR did in the community since the initial agreement was signed in 2008. The company financed a number of large infrastructure projects, including a wastewater treatment facility and the North Storm Pump Station.
Published on: January 31, 2017
CUPE 21, which represents outside city workers, finally reached a tentative agreement with the City of Regina on Monday night. The agreement, which was approved by council, will see a general wage increase of 1.9 per cent per year from 2016 to 2018. “It is good news,” Mayor Michael Fougere said. “It is always good news when you have a collective agreement. It is good news for everyone who pays taxes and uses services in our community.”
The previous collective bargaining agreement between the city and CUPE 21 expired on Dec. 31, 2015. Notice was served to commence collective bargaining two months prior on Oct. 1. Three weeks later, the elected officials for the union were cleared from their positions. Such a move is only done in an emergency and in the best interest of the local and its members.
Bargaining officially commenced on March 29, 2016.
“Both the union and our administration did a very fine job negotiating and brought in an agreement that is fair for both sides,” Coun. Bob Hawkins said. “This agreement will improve working conditions and promote good relations with our employees.”
Along with the wage increase, there will be a new management’s right clause that will recognize the rights of management to direct the workforce. In addition, there will be a health spending account for eligible employees currently covered by the medical plan to the amount of $100 in 2017 and $200 in 2018 and beyond.
There will be a minor enhancement to the bathing suit allowance for lifeguards, paid medicals for employees whose job descriptions require Class 1A or Class 3A licences and language for what is permissible to be posted on union notice boards.
Over the course of the three years of the agreement, the total cost to the city will be $6.9 million. “It is a good news story,” Hawkins said. “It is a fair agreement for the city, the taxpayers, and especially the workers.” Coun. Barbara Young felt that the agreement helped to build a strong relationship between the city and its workers.
“One of the most important things in this is that we made progress building a positive relationship,” she said. “Kudos to everyone who sat down at the table.”
Coun. Mike O’Donnell also praised the work of the city and the union.
“This is about the relationship with the people who work with us and the relationship with the people who work with the people of Regina,” O’Donnell said. “We make sure our staff are looked after and treated well.”
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LP published on: January 6, 2017 | Last Updated: January 9, 2017 7:41 AM CST
As Saskatchewan’s economy continues to struggle, trade unions in the province are needing to find ways of staying competitive. Garnet Greer, business manager at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), says there has been talk of lowering wages for its members to weather the economic storm.
Alberta’s IBEW local 424 reduced its commercial wages at the end of 2016. “We see it coming our way,” he said. “Our province is resource based and every resource now is probably at the bottom of the cycle, so with that, construction is the first to dry up.”IBEW is looking at other options as well, like changing scheduling or bringing on more apprentices. “It’s not always monetary reductions,” he said, likening the current downturn to the one seen in the early ’90s.
The International Association of Ironworkers Local 771 has roughly 300 people unemployed right now. Business manager Colin Daniels says that, “right now, we’re feeling the effects of the economy downturn” and that “there’s nowhere to go in Western Canada right now so it’s pretty tight all over.” Already the union adjusted its commercial rates, moving hourly wages from $53.48 to $46.04.
“You’ve got to be competitive, right?” says Daniels. The economic downturn is the first for many ironworkers who started working around 2008, when the economy started growing. “It’s been an eye-opener for some of these young guys who got in the trade about eight, nine years ago,” he says. “They’ve never really been laid off. “All the toys that come with making money — houses, boats, cars — are falling at the wayside.
“Now they can’t make the payments,” says Daniels. Business manager for Local 179 Plumbers and Pipefitters 179 Bill Peters says they are feeling the pressure on the commercial side more than the industrial side of business. “We’re still picking up some of the larger jobs,” he says. “Things are slowing down, take a look around Regina there isn’t as much (getting) built.” For now, he is staying positive and says they aren’t in a position where they need to reduce wages in order to stay competitive.
“To cry wolf yet? No,” he says, noting there is still the Co-Op Refinery and other projects in the province needing welders and pipefitters. We’ve never really taken huge increases as we went up.” He also points out that, “when we get our journeymen papers, that’s a journey” and as such, “somewhere along the line, there’s a job down No. 1 Highway.”
Trade unions aren’t the only unions having to take steps to deal with the economy: Premier Brad Wall suggested public sector unions may have to face wage rollbacks, as well.