Stewart also said the government will check how negotiations failed in order to improve their process in two years – the next time the collective agreement is debated. The government has now received Ready`s report and says it will «discuss the implementation of the new collective agreement» with the Northern Workers` Union. Other changes introduced in the collective agreement include a $450 increase in the base amount used to calculate living allowances for northern teachers. After years of disputes that nearly led to a general strike in February, the Northwest Territories government and the union, which represents some 4,000 of its employees, have a new collective agreement. «Negotiating a new collective agreement can be difficult under ideal conditions. The current fiscal and economic environment presented additional challenges,» said Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod in the news release. The transformation of temporary workers into indeterminates after two years in the same job «in most cases». COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN the Northern Workers` Union and the Minister responsible for the Public Service Act. The memo also said a meeting of members would be held in the «coming weeks» to review the agreement. The union did not give an interview about the deal, but on Monday, CBC received a memo on the letterhead of the union`s letter addressed to its members. It says: `There are a few areas in which the Union needs to be clarified`, without saying what those areas are. In the meantime, both sides commit to a «common intention to prioritize and respect Indigenous people and culture throughout the NWT.» «It`s wonderful to see a fair deal that provides stability and security during perhaps the most difficult school year of our teaching careers,» education minister RJ Simpson said.
The agreement also implies the obligation to modernise the approach to professional development. Changes to dismissal provisions, including a memorandum of understanding on «voluntary separation», allowing staff to opt for other options, such as early retirement, if their positions are abolished or transferred to another community. The copy approved by both parties is the official copy of the agreement. .