February 21st, 2024

Non-academic staff at MHC agree to 3-year wage freeze

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on November 15, 2022.


Non-academic staff at Medicine Hat College have agreed to a three-year wage freeze as part of a four-year deal signed earlier this fall.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees represents 139 staff members at the post-secondary institution who ratified the agreement on Oct. 20, according to the latest report on collective bargaining published by the Alberta Jobs ministry.

The 48-month pact ends two years of talks between the sides to renew a contract that expired in June 2020.

It provides no wage increase for the first three years, ending June 2023, and then a 2.75 per cent increase in the final year plus the potential for an additional 0.5 per cent based on unstated economic factors.

The structure follows generally in line with another agreement signed this fall between AUPE and Northwest Polytechnic (formerly Grande Prairie Regional College).

Self-representing faculty associations in Red Deer Polytechnic and the University of Calgary also came to generally similar terms in new agreements as well.

In Medicine Hat, 220 instructors at MHC represented by a faculty association are also without a contract since mid-2020. They are currently in a mediation process with the MHC board on settling a new contract.

Also of note in the Alberta Collective Bargaining update published Nov. 10, the Taber Police Association and Town of Taber have a new three-year deal providing increases of 1.5, 2.5, and 3.0 per cent in respective years.

City of Calgary inside-outside workers, totalling 4,900 represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees, won raises totalling 5 per cent over three years.

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