Steve Geick, President of the Yukon Employees Union, speaks at a press conference in Whitehorse on December 18, 2018. According to Geick, a new collective agreement between the Yukon government and the Yukon Workers` Union will allow Yukon workers to take up to 48 hours of paid leave if they experience workplace trauma. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file) The Yukon government and its union have ratified a new collective agreement in force starting Monday. Lisa Wykes, who is temporarily a public service commissioner, said the process was cooperative. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) includes many support services such as management, deprivation of liberty, laboratory, imaging, food services, licensed nurse practitioners and others. The three-year collective agreement, which came into force on July 15, is the culmination of nine months of negotiations, Geick said. Earlier this year, the experienced mediator, Vince Ready, was summoned in support and an interim agreement was reached in June. The three-year contract has an expiry date of December 31, 2021. «Many hours of hard work have been done by teams on both sides to secure this collective agreement.» The agreement, which expires on December 31, 2021, applies to approximately 4,100 workers represented by the YEU and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The staff covered by the agreement, approximately 4,100 in total, are represented by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada and the YEU. As with other unions, Geick said the results of the votes will not be published, in addition to the fact that voting members voted in favour of the agreement. The agreement also allows «a worker who experiences a traumatic incident in the context of work to obtain leave without loss of pay for the remainder of the planned working day,» says a press release from the territory`s government. Yukon hospitals are working on two collective agreements: a new collective agreement signed by the territory`s government and its union includes a first for Canada, says the president of the Yukon Employees Union (YEU). The agreement provides for pay increases totalling 5.25 per cent over three years, including some retroactive pay, as well as increases in salary categories, weekend bonuses and work bonuses for hours worked between 4 .m and 8 .m. It provides an annual salary increase (5.25 percent, total, over the duration of the agreement, or $16.5 million) and higher work and weekend bonuses. Airport nurses and firefighters will benefit from additional market adaptation. Some $46,000 is also expected to be spent on community aid and remote bonuses. Another aspect of the collective agreement, which is not mentioned in the government`s press release, is a common learning program, said Geick, who needed three rounds of negotiations to establish it.

Geick said he was also pleased that there had been no changes to severance pay, a clear instruction from members. «We have achieved most of our priorities,» including maintaining severance pay, Steve Geick, president of the Yukon Workers` Union (YEU), said Monday afternoon in a whitehorse telephone interview. In making a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment, in any manner that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies.