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Directwest and Unifor Ratify New Collective Agreement

Directwest and Unifor Ratify New Collective Agreement

October 30, 2019

Directwest today announced that Unifor has voted in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.

“I’m pleased that the members of Unifor have ratified this agreement,” said Keith Jeannot, Directwest President. “The Unifor and Directwest bargaining committees have worked very hard to come to this agreement, and I commend the professionalism and diligent efforts of all those involved – management and union members.”

Unifor concluded voting October 28, 2019. The current collective agreement expired March 19, which Directwest employees received two years of zeros for 2017-18 and 2018-19. The new agreement will be for a three-year term ending March 19, 2022.

Highlights of the new agreement include:

  • Effective March 20, 2019, all weekly rates of pay shall be increased by 1.00%
  • Effective March 15, 2020, all weekly rates of pay shall be increased by 2.00%
  • Effective March 14, 2021, all weekly rates of pay shall be increased by 2.00%
  • To acknowledge employees experienced hardship during the seventeen day labour disruption, active full-time employees will receive four (4) days pay.
  • The Company shall make an additional one percent (1%) contribution of each employee’s base salary to the Health Spending Account, effective January 1, 2020. The cost will be offset by savings realized from Health Plan Premiums.
  • The Company shall make an additional one percent (1%) contribution of each employee’s base salary to the Health Spending Account (Appendix F) effective January 1, 2021. The cost will be offset by savings realized from Health Plan Premiums.

About Directwest

Directwest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SaskTel, is the exclusive provider of Mysask411, Saskatchewan’s best source for local information. For over 100 years, Directwest has been connecting buyers and sellers with the most complete, used and preferred sources for Local Search in Saskatchewan. Offering a wide range of Marketing Services that help businesses connect and interact with their customers, Directwest continually launches innovative, consumer driven products and services while delivering a strong, measurable return on investment (ROI) to advertisers. With a Head Office in Regina and a satellite office in Saskatoon, Directwest employs 116 local full-time equivalent employees serving over 20,000 customers across Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communications
Phone: 306.777.4476
E-mail: Michelle.Englot@sasktel.com