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.”