The Saint John Transit fee and its unionized employees have signed a brand new collective settlement after somewhat underneath a 12 months of negotiations.
Grant Logan, the president of the union representing 70 transit employees, mentioned COVID-19 and town’s monetary restrictions had been the 2 most important causes the union agreed to a zero per cent wage enhance this 12 months.
“We knew that this isn’t going to be a simple negotiation, it’ll be troublesome to try to get any cash,” he mentioned in an interview.
Logan mentioned negotiations went “comparatively effectively,” with the largest sticking level being wages.
“We simply needed a good and suitable contract to what different different locals are getting throughout North America.”
Town of Saint John has been grappling with a $10-million deficit. The union started negotiating in February of final 12 months, and ratified the settlement this Sunday.
The brand new settlement says union members will get a retroactive pay enhance of 1.036 per cent for 2020, zero per cent enhance for 2021 and an extra enhance in 2022 that can be calculated nearer to that 12 months.
The rise for 2022 can be ruled by town’s wage escalation coverage. Logan mentioned this coverage means means unionized employees will get a wage enhance primarily based on town’s progress within the three earlier years.
Metropolis supervisor John Collin informed council Monday the transit employees are now the second unionized work group that has agreed to simply accept the wage escalation coverage.
“This can be a big step optimistic step ahead for town,” he mentioned.
Saint John metropolis supervisor John Collin says the ratification of the transit employees’ contract is a step ahead for town. (Roger Cosman/CBC)
The whole lot else within the transit employees’ collective settlement stays the identical, Logan mentioned. The union represents drivers in addition to service individuals and bus upkeep employees.
Town nonetheless has not reached an settlement with the police and fireplace unions. The police unions greatest sticking level since they began negotiating final 12 months is pay.
The union is asking for a two per cent enhance in wages. The Labour Board beforehand dominated in opposition to the union and mentioned the 2 sides must appoint a provincial mediator after talks broke down in January of final 12 months.