2003-2004 Co-ordinated Bargaining
Danny Williams’ list of Concessions
* Sick leave – government continued to demand a reduction in the accrual rate on sick leave. We currently receive 24 days annually. Government wants to slash that to 16. This is a major takeaway!
* Pensions - no increase in contribution rates and no decrease in benefits. They are reneging on the gains we made three years ago. The unions agreed to back off on “joint trusteeship” which had been achieved as a result of the 2001 public sector strike.
* Job Evaluation - we have agreed to delay implementation to 2008 (This was supposed to be implemented by April 1, 2004). They won’t agree. The only outstanding issue is determining the caps of implementation costs.
* No agreement on recommendations 1 to 8 in The Warren Report and the provisions of the Young Mediation Report on staffing ratios for schools would be implemented for school board support staff.
* NAPE and CUPE have agreed to language that would protect the representation rights of all bargaining units affected by school board or health board amalgamations. Government has not agreed to this and would like nothing more than to see the two unions pitted against each other in representation votes.
The union’s wage proposal - 4-year deal
April 1, 2004 - 0% April 1, 2005 - 0%
April 1, 2006 - 3% October 1, 2006 - 3%
April 1, 2007 - 3% October 1, 2007 - 3%
This offer on wages will be withdrawn at midnight, Sunday, April 4.