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Union representing employees of Sask. departments and agencies ratifies 3-year contract with province

Union representing employees of Sask. departments and agencies ratifies 3-year contract with province
Union representing employees of Sask. departments and agencies ratifies 3-year contract with province

After a year and a half of negotiations, members of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) last week accepted the provincial government’s latest offer, ratifying a new three-year contract for the province’s civil servants.

SGEU represents 11,000 employees in government departments and agencies, including firefighters, pilots, agriculturalists, traffic officers and many other positions.

The new contract includes a wage increase of almost eight percent over three years (three percent, three percent and 1.67 percent). There is also a 0.4 percent increase in pension matching for participants who are not yet at nine percent.

“I am pleased with the commitment and cooperation from both parties at the negotiating table to reach a new collective agreement that is good for both public sector workers and the people of Saskatchewan,” said Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Large State Enterprises, in a press release Monday.

The new agreement will take effect retroactively from October 2022 and last until September 2025.

Other agreements with the public sector

Several other state-owned companies and public sector unions have recently signed new contracts, including a contract between SaskPower and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

In May, IBEW members and the SaskPower board voted in favor of a three-year agreement with wage increases of three percent for 2023 and 2024, and two percent for 2025.

SaskGaming also reached new three-year agreements with four of its collective bargaining units. Contracts were signed with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in April and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) in February, and separate agreements with the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) for Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw were ratified in late 2023.

All four agreements are valid for three years and provide for general wage increases of three percent, two percent and two percent.

SecurTek, a subsidiary of SaskTel, also reached a 2023-24 agreement with Unifor, the union representing its employees.

It includes a three percent general wage increase that will take effect retroactively from March 19, 2023 to March 17, 2024.