Whitehorse Daily Star

City ratifies negotiated agreements

Municipal workers are in for a series of salary increases over the next several years.

By Whitehorse Star on August 2, 2022

Municipal workers are in for a series of salary increases over the next several years.

The City of Whitehorse has ratified employment contracts with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Locals Y023 and Y022.

The new five-year agreement provides for an 11 per cent increase in wages.

Specifically, the contracts provide annual increases of 2.1 per cent for the first three years, then 2.25 per cent and 2.5 per cent for years four and five respectively.

The agreeement is being described as very fair by all sides, supplying certainty and a positive working environment for the city.

“I want to commend the bargaining teams on reaching a mutually beneficial agreement that supports our valued staff who deliver essential services to the community in a financially responsible manner,” said Mayor Laura Cabott.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated, hardworking staff that make Whitehorse such a desirable place to live and work.”

Local Y023 represents the majority of City employees, while Local Y022 represents transit.

The approximately 350 employees who are covered by these agreements will also be amalgamated under one Local Y046.

“Yukon Employees’ Union /PSAC members working for the City of Whitehorse provide vital daily services to everyone here,” said Lorraine Rousseau, the PSAC North regional executive vice-president.

“During the pandemic, workers have been at the frontline, going above and beyond to provide public services despite all challenges,” Rousseau added.

“On behalf of PSAC, I want to thank the bargaining team and membership for their efforts.

“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement that addresses the priorities of city employees.”

Comments (10)

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Politico on Aug 5, 2022 at 4:12 pm

Are the same people proposing staff cutbacks and wage reductions the same people demanding more snow removal?

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Chuck Farley on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:47 pm

Olav fuzzy math; it's 11.05 at the end of the 5th year

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bonanzajoe on Aug 3, 2022 at 9:19 pm

@George Moss. I used to go to a certain restaurant where several city workers took 45 minute coffee breaks. Wonder how long their lunch breaks were.

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BnR on Aug 3, 2022 at 9:10 am

Stay tuned for municipal tax increases ….

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George Moss on Aug 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

After watching some not all city employees sleeping checkin off early for lunch and driving to the new msbuilding long before lunch and quitting time I think the liberal mayor should be disappointed in her crew after all it only takes one to make them all look bad, get rid of the dog f—-ers.

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Yukoner1 on Aug 2, 2022 at 8:35 pm

I'd prefer it if the percentages were reduction in the public service workforce, as opposed to wage increases. Has anyone tried going to a restaurant lately? Yikes. Too many government workers out there, we need some layoffs.

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Olav on Aug 2, 2022 at 8:32 pm

The compounded rate increase, at the conclusion of year 5 is much higher than a 11% increase.
It is closer to a 15% increase over the 5 year period.

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bonanzajoe on Aug 2, 2022 at 8:27 pm

Considering the wages of the poor, inflation and the cost of living today, it should be a 11% decrease.

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Wellthen on Aug 2, 2022 at 6:58 pm

So over 5 years the wages will increase to account for inflation from this year alone? Half of the essential City workers are looking for part time jobs to supplement their full time jobs...better than nothing I suppose- which is what most of the private sector is getting.

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Logger on Aug 2, 2022 at 4:20 pm

Pretty thin gruel given the rise in cost of living and inflation.

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