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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) Earlier this year, the experienced mediator, Vince Ready, was summoned in support and an interim agreement was reached in June. Two parties have not updated the essential service agreements since 2006 The three-year contract has an expiry date of December 31, 2021. 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. The Yukon government and its union have ratified a new collective agreement in force starting Monday. Incident leave regulations allow employees to have up to 48 hours of paid leave when they experience workplace trauma, Geick said. 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. 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 hours bonuses for working hours between 17.m and 8.m. “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. As with other unions, Geick said the results of the votes will not be published, in addition to the fact that voting members voted in favour of the agreement.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 three-year collective agreement, which came into force on July 15, is the culmination of nine months of negotiations, Geick said.

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. The staff covered by the agreement, approximately 4,100 in total, are represented by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada and the YEU. 18 councillors and facilitators have not had a strike contract for more than a year “the last bargaining chip that members have,” says the union president, Following the CBC report in which he blames the abuses committed by the group`s employees: “What we talked about was some mental health training, so both parties (employees and employers) are on the same side,” he said, adding that there would be 18 trainers.