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Feds reach tentative deal with IBEW, other groups

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Feds reach tentative deal with IBEW, other groups

OTTAWA — The federal government has reached five tentative agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, groups of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Association of Canadian Financial Officers.

If ratified, the agreements will apply to close to 30,000 federal public service employees.

The agreements would cover a period of four years and include economic increases of two per cent for each of the first two years, and 1.5 per cent for each of the remaining two years of the agreements, states a May 28 government release.

These tentative agreements include new measures to facilitate their implementation and to compensate employees who do not receive retroactive payments or salary increases within agreed-upon timelines.

According to the release, other tentative provisions would reflect today’s demands on workers, including new caregiver leave and an extended period for parental leave to better align with Employment Insurance benefits.

“I am pleased that over 30,000 public servants have new tentative collective agreements negotiated in good faith,” said Joyce Murray, president of the Treasury Board of Canada and minister of digital government, in a statement.

“This is another illustration of the respect our government has consistently demonstrated for Canada’s public servants. We remain committed to our good faith approach to collective bargaining and hope to continue to reach agreements that are good for public servants and fair for Canadian taxpayers.”

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