Manitoba Government Employees Master Agreement 2019
The PSSA is a draconian measure that limits and reduces a union`s bargaining power. Legislation bypasses and compresses available leverage or bargaining power and hinders the ability of trade unions to exchange monetary benefits for non-monetary improvements such as contract protection and layoffs. The ASSP has left no room for a meaningful collective bargaining process on issues critical to union members. There is no way to promote the performances and make them contemplated in good faith. The right to participate meaningfully in the pursuit of a fundamental and important employment objective has been denied. It is not the “fruits” [or the outcome of the negotiations] that cause the essential interference, but it is the loss of a sensible process. In the 21 agreements reached since the adoption of the ASSA, collective bargaining has led to only slight improvements. The fact that minor improvements have been made reflects a low degree of bargaining power. This is particularly important when union members consistently express wages and the benefits of monetary policy as top priorities.
The suppression of the bargaining capacity of these issues negates and diminishes the union`s power to participate in collective bargaining. Robust collective bargaining on non-monetary issues cannot occur in such an environment. [The government expert] testified that Manitoba had a strong economy compared to others, and was essentially in the middle of the Canadian pack. Net debt had increased in all legal systems, which should generally be affected by political decisions. Such decisions may not always make economic sense, but they are popular. [The government expert] testified that all governments should make plans and exercise fiscal prudence with the many options available. He also felt that revenue-cutting decisions are used to slow deficit reduction. Mr. McKelvey agreed that the monetary issues resolved by the ASSA would be essential to the collective bargaining process, which the government recognized. With respect to the impact of the ASP on negotiations and consultations in good faith and good faith, Mr. McKelvey found that, unlike the Federal RSF, which allowed for modest wage increases, the SSSA imposed a “more drastic” two-year wage freeze.
In addition, the ERDF requested a fixed number of exercises, while the ongoing sustainable development periods foreseen by the ASP had the potential to influence collective bargaining on new agreements until the future. The salary increase ceilings for the ERDF were also consistent with the predominant results of the negotiations at the time of their adoption, although this could not be said with respect to the ASSP, which was not preceded by good faith collective bargaining.