The two unions representing Yukon hospital workers say they have signed a preliminary three-year contract with the Yukon Hospital Corporation. Jack Bourassa, PSAC Regional Government Vice-President, praised the staff at the territory`s three hospitals, noting that they „put themselves at risk to the communities they serve every day. Last September, the hospital company declared an impasse and a federal arbitrator was called, said Steve Geick, president of the Yukon Employees Union. He stated that the provisional agreement was reached after two meetings with the arbitrator. The Yukon Employees Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada represent 303 hospital employees, ranging from security guards to licensed practical nurses. Yukon hospitals work with two fee units: A preliminary agreement has been reached between the Yukon Hospital Corporation, the Yukon Employees Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represent more than 300 employees in various positions in Yukon hospitals. (Crystal Schick / Yukon News File). They declined to provide more details about the deal until members review it and vote on its ratification. The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (CPSIP) represents registered nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dietitians. „The bargaining team worked hard to secure a strong contract that helps build a respectful and safe work environment, and I would like to acknowledge their work on behalf of the members. „It was a difficult round of negotiations, it was interrupted by covid[-19] and this is the first time I have participated in virtual negotiations,” he said. Workers have been working without a contract since August 2019, according to a press release from both unions. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) includes many support service positions such as administration, detention, laboratory, imaging, food services, licensed practical nurses and others.
Union members have been without a contract since August 2019 and negotiations continue for nearly a year. There have been a number of delays during the talks, as well as a transition to virtual negotiations due to COVID-19. Geick said a ratification vote, which will take place virtually, has not yet been scheduled. Details of what is included in the three-year contract are not yet released, as virtual meetings have yet to be scheduled to communicate details to union members before a vote. Although the union has said these meetings will take place soon, no date has been set. Geick noted that issues related to workload and vacation access were among the union`s concerns and have been thwarted by COVID-19 this year. By submitting a comment, you agree that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment, in whole or in part, in the manner chosen by CBC. Please note that CBC does not endorse the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story will be moderated in accordance with our submission guidelines.
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„It was very difficult,” YEU president Steve Geick said in an interview on Dec. 17, noting that he was pleased that a tentative agreement was reached after nearly a year of difficult negotiations. .