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Internal memo outlines Yellowknife union demands, including 5% wage increase

Striking workers demonstrate at Yellowknife City Hall early Wednesday morning, the first day of a municipal strike in the capital.  (Hilary Bird/CBC - photo credit)

Striking workers demonstrate at Yellowknife City Hall early Wednesday morning, the first day of a municipal strike in the capital. (Hilary Bird/CBC – photo credit)

An internal memo to striking workers in the city of Yellowknife, seen by the CBC, outlines the union’s demands. The memo was sent around 2:37 p.m. Thursday afternoon. CBC has confirmed its authenticity with multiple sources.

It outlines the union’s latest proposal: a 5 percent wage increase effective January 1, 2022, and a 3 percent wage increase effective January 1 of this year. This includes retrospective payment to members for any hours worked during that time.

This is the first time the details of the union’s wage demands have been made public.

Other demands include a $1,000 signing bonus payable to all employees “effective on the date of ratification”; an increase in the monthly travel allowance from $333.33 to $400 per month; two additional paid vacation days “for personal reasons” per year; and other concessions surrounding medical travel, a formal discussion of the introduction of a “Christmas Shutdown” or Donnie Days, and the introduction of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as a paid holiday.

The memo was signed by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s 345 local leadership team.

In the preamble to the details of the union proposal, the executive team disagrees with the city’s characterization of the union as having walked away from the negotiating table.

Hilary Vogel/CBC

Hilary Vogel/CBC

“The city circulated a story to the media that we walked away from the table Tuesday and that they were willing to act on our latest offer,” the memo reads. “To be clear, the city told us that day that whatever they brought, [they] wouldn’t switch to wages at all.”

The memo went on to say the city has not made a detailed counteroffer, nor has the city reached out to the union’s negotiator to request the union’s return to the table.

No one from the city was immediately available to comment on the contents of the memo, but earlier Thursday the city distributed a statement to the media contradicting the memo.

According to the press release, city officials “remain committed to returning to the negotiating table at any time and have asked the union to set a date,” and the “city has a counteroffer to share.”

Unionized workers in the city of Yellowknife have been on strike since midnight Tuesday. The strike followed an announcement that the city would lock out workers beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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