More than 1,600 members have been working since 31 December 2016 with an expired contract. «Our government will continue to support our employers in their efforts to reach agreements with their unions that will meet the goal of a 3.5% reduction in total compensation already decided by cabinet ministers, MlAs, political staff, the ministry and crown chiefs,» the statement said. The ratified agreement provides for the following economic adjustments for the six-year period between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2022: 0, 0, 1, 2, 2 and 2%. The union, which represents nearly 1,700 employees at SaskPower, has a new collective agreement with the company. «At this point, we hope to return to the table and get a fair memorandum of understanding that can be supported by our membership,» said Jason Tibbs, Chief Business Officer at IBEW Local 2067. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2067, SaskPower`s largest union, have ratified a new collective agreement with the company. «We hope to draw as little attention as possible to ourselves and our negotiating units,» he said. «Our negotiating committee felt that the agreement was fair and met the needs of our members,» Collins said. Neil Collins, Managing Director of IBEW Local 2067, is also pleased that the contract will expire at the end of 2011. Union members said she and SaskPower believed in keeping the lights on while the two sides tried to reach an agreement. «We appreciate the contributions IBEW members make to our company and are pleased to have reached an agreement,» said Robert Watson, President of SaskPower. «We look forward to working together to ensure Saskatchewan has a reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable electricity supply.» IBEW`s collective agreement with SaskPower expired on December 31, 2016, and SaskPower and IBEW began collective bargaining in 2017. But Tibbs and his peers did not overreact.
In October, Local 2067 was the first Saskatchewan union of public employees to vote on a proposed pay cut since the government`s request. It rejected a proposal from SaskPower, but negotiations are continuing and both sides are determined to reach a fair agreement, he said. Hubich said a number of other unionized workers, particularly in the health care sector and other De Crown companies, are also trying to negotiate new collective agreements. The agreement provides for a 7 per cent pay increase over the past six years, with an increase of two per cent over the past three years. SaskPower`s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2067 (IBEW) Members have ratified a new collective agreement with the company. The union, which represents 1,686 SaskPower employees, confirmed the results of the ratification on 12 February 2020. «The locals will work hard to get an agreement with the energy group that will meet the requirements of membership. In the meantime, members will continue to perform their work professionally, as they always do in difficult times,» says a statement from IBEW Local 2067. Prime Minister Brad Wall, who is leaving office this month after nearly 11 years, had originally proposed in March to cut wages. He added that he would respect the collective bargaining process and that possible cuts would have to be negotiated for unionized workers. The union says it has been established by members that the agreement does not meet their acceptance requirements.
But he now hopes to negotiate a new contract outside of public appearances. 2067 local members have been working since December 31, 2016 without one at SaskPower, but they have seen over the past 10 years an increase in overall compensation of 67 percent, Tibbs said.