On Friday, February 15th, Local 88 members were advised that talks broke off late on February 14th and that the Local 88 Bargaining Committee is recommending members reject the Employerâ€™s last offer. The information session and voting is as follows:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
St. Ninian Place, Room 021
12 pm to 1 pmâ€“Information Session & Voting
1 pm to 2 pmâ€“Information Session & Voting
2 pm to 5:45 pmâ€“Voting continues
Attached are the Employerâ€™s February 14th offer, the Agreed articles up to February 14th and the Unionâ€™s proposed salary scales.
Why is the Bargaining Committee recommending rejection of the Employerâ€™s Offer?
The Bargaining Committee could not recommend the Employerâ€™s offer because it does not include salary scales with step increments. The NSGEU bargaining survey listed â€œa fair and equitable salary scaleâ€ as a number one priority for this round of bargaining. Furthermore, at every local meeting where a bargaining update was provided, members reiterated the importance of receiving salary scales with step increments.
If members accept the Employerâ€™s offer, the Employerâ€™s salary bands will become part of the agreement. Even though the only relevant part of the Employerâ€™s salary bands is the â€œminâ€, the â€œminâ€, â€œmidâ€ and â€œmaxâ€ could be used as future step increments. Members should be concerned about these salary bands forming part of the agreement. The majority of members would not benefit from the Employerâ€™s salary bands becoming future step increments. The Unionâ€™s proposed salary scales and steps will benefit more members. Come to the information sessions to find out why.
There are other reasons why the Employerâ€™s salary bands are not acceptable to the Union. Please attend one of the sessions on February 20th for further information.
How do members get placed on the Proposed Employerâ€™s Salary Bands?
The Employerâ€™s salary bands include a â€œmin,â€ â€œmidâ€ and â€œmax.â€ The only number that has any relevancy is the â€œmin.â€ Any members whose hourly rate is below the â€œminâ€ will be brought up to the â€œminâ€ or receive 1.75 percent increase, whichever is greater. These are not salary scales with step increments, so members, other than those below the â€œmin,â€ do not get placed on these bands.
As reported previously to members, the Union and Employer agreed on eight groups of point ranges. The Employer has provided a table showing their Bands (i.e., groups of point ranges) and the job titles that are included in the bands or groups. You can contact the Employerâ€™s HR department or any member of the Local 88 Bargaining Committee or NSGEUâ€™s Labour Resource Centre to verify which â€œbandâ€ or â€œgroupâ€ you are in.
What did the Union propose as salary scales?
The Union proposed four-step salary scale is attached. The Union developed Step 1 for each of the eight groups using a method that ensures a logical link between salary and point range groups. Steps are created in each year of the three-year agreement with Step 1 being for new hires. All employees are placed on step 2 and progress through the steps on July 1st of each year. Employees would receive at least 2, 2.5 and 3 throughout the three-year agreement.
How do members get placed on the Unionâ€™s Proposed Salary Scales?
Members are not voting on the Unionâ€™s Proposed Salary Bands. The following is provided for information purposes.
To interpret the Employerâ€™s and the Unionâ€™s scales, the point range called â€œGroup 1â€ on the Unionâ€™s document is the same as the Employerâ€™s â€œBand 1,â€ etcâ€¦
What is the Employerâ€™s Wage Offer?
The Employerâ€™s wage offer is 1.5%, 1.75% and 2% over a three-year agreement commencing July 1, 2012. All members receive at least these increases. Members who are below the â€œminâ€ of the Employerâ€™s salary bands will receive 1.75% or more (see next question).
The Employer also proposed a $275 lump sum payment and has presented this as being â€œan incremental 0.79% increase for the average employee.â€ Please donâ€™t be fooled by the language being used. A lump sum payment is a one-time payment and is not included on your salary and therefore not subject to compounding from percentage wage increases. The Union prefers that all economic adjustments be on employeeâ€™s salary scales so its benefit continues into the future.
The Unionâ€™s last offer was 2%, 2.5% and 3%; the same as NSGEUâ€™s lead table.
What is wrong with the Employerâ€™s salary bands?
The Employer has not offered salary ranges that include step increments. They offer a Memorandum of Understanding (see attached) that proposes a sub-committee of Labour Management discuss step increments to recommend to the Union and Employer. The MOU states: â€œthe compensation value of the steps will be negotiated as part of the next collective bargaining process.â€
The current collective agreement included a promise that â€œthe results of the job evaluation project, including new salary grades will be negotiated for implementation as part of the next collective bargaining process.â€ The Union believes a promise was made to negotiate salary scales in this round of bargaining, and the Employer says they cannot afford to do so. We are not confident that salary scales with steps will be negotiated in the next round of bargaining either.
Find your job title on the Employerâ€™s document or contact any member of your Bargaining Committee or the Labour Resource Centre at 1-877-556-7438 to find your â€œgroup number.â€ Once you know your â€œgroup number,â€ you can compare your current hourly rate to step 2 (effective July 1, 2012) of the Unionâ€™s salary scales. Step 1 is reserved for employees hired after a new collective agreement is in place.
The Unionâ€™s proposal is that you will receive 2% increase or move to Step 2, whichever is greater. Simply calculate a 2% increase on your current hourly rate. If your new rate is below step 2 of your group, you will move up to the hourly rate for your group. If your new rate is above Step 2 for your group, you will receive the 2%. This method is used in each of the three years, and was adopted by the Employer in their last offer.
We encourage members to attend one of the sessions. We will provide further explanation and examples at these sessions.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of your Bargaining Committee or the NSGEU Labour Resource Centre at 424-4063 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Negotiator- 424-4063