“I think it is worrying that the government is getting involved in the collective bargaining of school departments and… The autonomy and authority that school services must exercise, for the most part, is eroding,” said Mr. Broughton, former Chairman of the Board of Directors. In its letter, the government stated that the compensation freeze reflects the government`s role in defining “broad mandates of collective monetary agreements” for public sector employers and the impact of the pandemic on Manitoba`s finances. About 95 school bus drivers in the division went on strike last week after their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832, was unable to secure a new collective agreement with the WSD. The agreement is a legally binding employment contract concluded through collective bargaining with the employer and the union. Look at the full 2014-2018 collective agreement or choose the parts of the collective agreement below: Despite a recent court ruling against the public service pay stoppage, the Manitoba government says some workers should end wage increases immediately. Bea Bruske, secretary and treasurer of UFCW Local 832, said the government suddenly offered an alternative offer. Kinew said the province had learned nothing from the court`s reprimand of Bill 28. NDP CEO Wab Kinew said it was clear that the government is preventing a fair negotiation process.
“Any worker in Manitoba, including in the public sector, should be able to negotiate an increase or at least negotiate,” he said. “The government knows it has lost in court, and yet they are trying to use that logic and interfere in these negotiations.” The province is now appealing the court`s decision and argues that it needs clarity on what governments can do to control costs. In an internal memo, the province asks the Winnipeg School Division not to offer two-year pay or compensation increases to bus drivers with whom it is currently negotiating. The Winnipeg Teachers` Association (WTA) of the Manitoba Teachers` Society (PDF)The Winnipeg Association of Non-Teaching Employees – WANTE (PDF)The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local Union 110 (PDF)The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of The Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry – Local Union 254 (PDF)The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 2085 (PDF)The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union 1515 (PDF)The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local Union 2348 (PDF)The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local Union 832 (PDF) “This would allow WSD and UFCW [the drivers` union] to reassess the situation and resume negotiations after this two-year term if there are fewer unknowns compared to the general budgetary pressure in the public sector.” The letter says. The province said in a statement Tuesday that the new letter to WSD has nothing to do with Bill 28 or his legal appeal. The Progressive Conservative government`s “WSD mandate” focuses on a “two-year horizon,” the memo says. The claim to stop compensation is related to the province`s financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the September 3 letter provided by the opposition NDP to CBC News. Below are links to the current collective agreement between the WSD and the following associations or unions: Chris Broughton, administrator of the Winnipeg School Division, who chairs the Finance and Staff Committee of the Board of Directors, said the memo was disappointing. She said no offer was acceptable to bus drivers, as both involve a wage freeze. Sharing is limited because of its own financial constraints, which it can offer, he said.