Sixteen current collective agreements between the provincial government and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public Employees (PANE) are now extended until March 31, 2022, following an interim agreement between the two parties. “There are also our members and the people of the province who rely on the essential public services they provide, safety.” In January 2018, PANP members voted 88 percent in favor of a new collective agreement. The terms included a no-layoff clause for the duration of the deal, no wage increases, and a buyback of severance pay that will cost taxpayers about US$250 million. One of the strengths of the agreement is the obligation to put in place common governance for the plan, which means that the government and members share equal responsibility for the plan. NAPE`s bargaining team developed the agreement for 16 different bargaining units, the largest of which was for general service personnel. The interim agreement also includes units such as laboratory and X-ray workers, prison officers, as well as faculties and employees of the College of the North Atlantic. “Our members can go to work knowing they have a collective agreement and are recognized for the invaluable service they provide,” said Earle. “This agreement will provide the province and the public sector with much-needed stability,” PANE President Jerry Earle said in a union press release. “The cost of living or consumer price index is about 2% per year.
I think it would be totally unrealistic to expect a new deal to have four more zeros,” he said, referring to the existing deal, which did not contain wage increases. Other parts of the agreement include a government contribution to the plan of $2.7 billion, which will be amortized over 30 years. In return, NAPE/NUPGE and the other four public sector unions agreed to provide for changes and contribution rate increases worth $1.13 billion. The agreement – which has yet to be ratified by more than 16,000 PANP members across the province – extends all aspects of the current collective agreements by two years, with the exception of some specific amendments. The government`s second largest union, CUPE, has not yet reached an agreement for its workers. NAPE will present these interim arrangements to members in the coming weeks and is expected to complete the ratification process in early 2020. Public sector unions are working with the government to ensure that civil service pension plans remain sustainable The full details of the agreement will be submitted to the more than 16,000 members of the PANE for ratification, which is expected to take place in early January. The culmination of the agreement on pensions is the obligation to set up a common guardianship for the civil service pension plan. The interim agreements apply to the following PANE bargaining units: Air Services, CNA Faculty, CNA Support Staff, Correctional Officers, General Service, Group Homes, Health Professionals, Hospital Support Staff, Laboratory X-Ray, Marine Services, Maintenance and Operational Services (MOS), Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), School Boards, Student Assistants, Ushers and WorkNplaceNL. Saint-Jean (04 sept. .