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Many Rivers strike is over

A new collective agreement has been reached between Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services and its employees.

A new collective agreement has been reached between Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services and its employees.

A tentative settlement was reached with the help of federal mediators on Tuesday. It was ratified today, ending the strike the 18 workers began Apr. 16.

“We are very pleased we have been able to reach a settlement,” said Marilyn Wolovick, Many Rivers’ executive director.

“Both sides came to the table ready to bargain honestly, and we were able to find common ground and achieve a fair solution.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone, and I am hopeful we can put it behind us and resume our high-quality, professional service to our clients and communities.”

Staff will be back at work at 9 a.m. Friday.

“We believe that we have reached a fair compromise that balanced the needs of management and employees,” said Wolovick.

She thanked mediators Bill Lewis and Kathy Peters for helping finding a resolution to the dispute.

The workers, based in Whitehorse, Watson Lake and Dawson City, are represented by the Yukon Employees Union/Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The main issue in the dispute was employees’ flextime.

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May 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

To bad the government caved in so was just about the money.. what do they think flex time?  The sent out a bs little card saying its not about the money.. but if you read it all.. thats ALL it was about.


May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

June:  So they were on strike because of the money?  Guess what…that’s the main reason people go to work and likely the main reason they go on strike so in terms of your own brand of investigative journalism…I’d say you uncovered the blantantly obvious.  They did not want OT; they were looking at after hours flex time instead and the employer wanted to limit that to 2 hours and after that with Supervisory approval.  Generally in Labour relations, when you boil it down…it’s usually about the money in one form or another.


May 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

There was more to it than money.  I guess counselling staff felt they needed to make the point to management that they’re not serving burgers at MacDonald’s.


May 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

And too bad it was not government that has anything to do with Many Rivers.  It is a non-profit organization and always has been.  There is no government involvement.


May 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Don’t forget—Traumas suppose to occur Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5 pm.  Or so they think.

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