“I thank both negotiating teams for reaching this agreement,” said Roger Melanson, President of the Ministry of Finance. “This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that the government treats its employees fairly in accordance with the collective bargaining process.” On January 24, your negotiating team requested conciliation. This means that the Labour Council appoints a mediator to assist both parties in reaching an agreement. CUPE Local 2745 Executive you and your families have in our thoughts at this difficult time. That has changed. Through a pay equity agreement that CUPE 2745 negotiated with the New Brunswick government in 2016, Sandra, Dave and hundreds of other CUPE members who work as EEA, student assistants, administrative assistants, staff and rehabilitation assistants – mostly women – are getting significant pay increases. CupE`s group of salary-capital specialists may be small, but they can have a significant impact on workers` lives – just ask Sandra and Dave and other CUPE 2745 members. CUPE Local 2745 Inner Executive Board Theresa McAllister, Provincial President Christianne Robichaud, Provincial Vice President Sherry Wilkins, Provincial Secretary Treasurer Marilyn MacCormack, Provincial Recording Secreta CUPE`s Job Evaluation (JE) staff worked with CUPE 2745 and the employer to achieve this settlement. While the process has taken many years, salary capital adjustments will be phased in with retroactive payments from 2012 and will continue for up to 10 years. These wage adjustments will significantly change the lives of some of the lowest paid and most undervalued workers. At that time, many districts informed their employees of the two-week school closure and that it would be treated as a stormy day wage, your chair, Iris Lloyd, worked hard to stay in touch with the Department of Education and our local sister, 2745 President Theresa McAllister, to ensure that all questions and concerns of all members were heard. We have outstanding issues and we will not stop until they are resolved, the situation changes every day and we will question membership when we have more details. As always, please contact your Local Shop Steward, Regional Vice President or Inner Executive for any questions or visit our CUPE 2745 Facebook page.
We are in the process of setting negotiation dates with the employer for the next round and we will notify you as soon as we have the final confirmed dates and inform you of the help we need from you to reach a fair collective agreement. That is not to say that we can never come back to the table, our current collective agreement is still in force. On January 15, your bargaining team met with the employer, we could not reach an agreement. Pay equity applies to some jobs across Canada, but not to all. In addition to the federal government, only six provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – have enacted some kind of pay equity legislation.