Approximately 4,000 members of the Yukon Employees’ Union are voting this week on whether to accept a new three-year collective agreement.
The union leadership is recommending acceptance of the package.
It includes a general wage increase of 5.25 per cent over three years, or 1.75 per cent in each year retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019.
The previous agreement expired last Dec. 31.
The four crews representing the leadership team are on the road this week visiting each community and highway camp to explain the agreement and collect votes from the union membership.
Union president Steve Geick, for instance, was at the Ogilvie Camp on the Dempster Highway conducting a roadside meeting Tuesday and was in Eagle Plains this morning.
The ratification meetings will wrap up Thursday, with a final session in Whitehorse.
Union members must vote in person.
The collective agreement touches upon everything from shift premiums to maternity and parental leave.
It also entrenches the continuation of accumulated severance pay which provides members with one week of wages for every year worked upon their departure from the Yukon government.
The allotment for personnel in the 2019-20 territorial budget is $557.6 million, or 37 per cent of the $1.5-billion budget. That doesn’t include the staff of Yukon College nor the territory’s hospitals.