Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services’ board and management say they’re “extremely pleased” about reaching a contract agreement with their employees.
The workers ratified the contract Tuesday, ending a bitter strike that had begun Nov. 2, 2018.
“The collective bargaining process is complicated, and requires a considerable amount of thought and analysis in order to respond to both the demands of the employees and the duty we have to protect the funds entrusted to us as a non-profit society,” Many Rivers said in a statement Wednesday.
“While this set of negotiations was difficult, we are satisfied that our efforts have resulted in a contract which is fair and reasonable for both sides.”
The duration of the agreement is April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022.
The Yukon Employees’ Union, which represents the workers, said they will see a seven per cent increase in their base salary over the five years.
But according to Many Rivers’ statement, “The wage allotment is 8.5 per cent over five years. In addition to other enhanced benefits, there will be more flexible scheduling, meaning that most employees will, within parameters they are provided, be able to choose their individual starting, ending and meal times each day.
“With a minimum four weeks’ vacation, 24 wellness days, and the 13 statutory holidays the employees already receive, we feel this to be an equitable settlement.”
The agency, formerly known as the Yukon Family Services Association, is now focused on resuming services to the communities, it said.
“Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services has been serving the Yukon for nearly 50 years,” the statement said.
“Its dedicated group of managers, employees and volunteers are committed to those who are seeking assistance for a variety of reasons.
“We are proud community members and work every day to make a difference in the lives of others. We want to assure our clients and others that our dedication will not waver going forward. “
The Whitehorse office will reopen for business on Feb. 6. The offices in Dawson City, Haines Junction and Watson Lake will open the following day.
“We are looking forward to opening our doors to welcome you, and renew our pledge that we will continue to provide professional, confidential, supportive services, as we have done over the past 50 years,” Many Rivers said.
“We thank you for both your patience and your support.”