Q. Is there going to be legislation which covers employees who collectively bargain compensation (e.g., unionized)?
A. All public sector employees are being asked to contribute to protecting public services during these challenging times. It is only the fair thing to do.
Non-bargaining employees will see a prohibition on increases to rates of pay, pay ranges, benefits, perquisites or other payments for two years.
Employees who are part of a union or who bargain compensation collectively would see their current agreements honoured. When these agreements expire and new contracts are negotiated, the government will work with transfer payment partners and bargaining agents to seek agreements of at least two years’ duration that do not include net compensation increases.
The fiscal plan provides no funding for compensation increases for future collective agreements.
It doesn’t matter whether contracts expire next month, next year or the year after that – all employers and employee groups will be expected to do their part.