GNWT and Union of Northern Workers strike deal
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - There is labour peace between the GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers.
Both sides announced April 16th that a tentative deal has been reached and if it's ratified, will come into effect retroactively as of April 1, the first day following expiration of the old collective deal.
It's a four-year pact where employees will receive a one per cent raise in the first year, 1.5 per cent in year two, 2.5 per cent in year three and 3.3 per cent in the final year.
The deputy minister for the department of Human Resources, Sheila Bassi-Kellett, said both sides decided to come together and try once more to hammer out a deal.
"We decided to have another go at really working out the outstanding details that we left on the table when we'd last been at negotiations in late February and early March," she said.
Talks broke down in March after both sides were far apart on a deal and a mediator was called in to try and help out.
It didn't get that far as Bassi-Kellett says schedules couldn't be worked out and both sides felt it was worth one last shot at negotiating.
The deal still has to be ratified by both sides.
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