“We are thinking about how best to respond to Bob McCulloch`s interference in the collective bargaining process. There is no doubt that this pressure tactic has further polarized the parties. We can only question the advice that the SIAST president must receive from provincial government officials,” adds Steele. A 36-month renewal contract, which came into effect from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012, was concluded in January 2012 during the conciliation phase. Negotiation duration – 34 months. Campus parking is expected to be back in effect by January 1, 2011. All parking fees charged to staff up to the time of ratification must be refunded. The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology must provide employees with a one-time lump sum payment of $420 per employee, which is considered a full-time employee, in exchange for the union`s agreement to remove all political complaints and complaints about unfair labour practices regarding the parking issue. Dr. Robert McCulloch`s e-mail criticizes SGEU and SIAST employees for their inappropriate interference in the collective bargaining process.
All current procurement grants to address recruitment and retention issues must be reviewed through judicious consultations with the Academic Bargaining Unit within 90 days of ratification. No new scholarship can be implemented without the mutual agreement of the parties. The communication indicated that retroactive wage increases would be denied to GSEU members as of February 19 if they had not ratified a collective agreement by then. “The employer does not have the right to make unilateral decisions and make those decisions directly to the union members who will be put to the vote. The collective bargaining process in this province is indeed corrupt if this type of activity is considered acceptable. The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology will conduct a market study within 90 days of the agreement being ratified. The criteria and principles of the studies will be defined by judicious consultations between the parties and the study will serve as the basis for the next round of negotiations. The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology is committed to creating a personal flex expense account that provides the opportunity to obtain professional development expenses on the basis of zero net cost to the employer. The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, the Government of Saskatchewan and the General Workers Union agree that costs must be determined by mutual agreement and on the basis of current actual occupational development expenditures. Contributions are subject to percentage pay increases that are applied in the current collective agreement. The parties agree to meet within 10 days of ratification to discuss implementation issues. In three years, higher education staff have experienced significantly higher increases than the 5.5% offered to SIAST staff.