Our 2005 bargaining team negotiated the 2005-2008 collective agreement, which included major countries for workload, embedded retirement language, significant benefits increases, focus on evaluating internal employees for advertising opportunities, and a salary increase of nearly 8%. The treaty was ratified with an 89% yes. During the spring 1999 collective bargaining, the parties rewrote the entire collective agreement. After three months of exhausting negotiations, the collective agreement was approved by an overwhelming majority of 90% of the members. The agreement was also remarkable in that the union committed to continue working on issues that were not resolved at the bargaining table: issues such as spending policy, the disability management program and attendance credits. In our 1978-80 contract, a two-year arbitration award, the arbitrator granted the union`s proposal a percentage increase in the minimum wage. Overall, it turned out to be a 6.5% increase in the first year to correct low wages before we had the right to bargain collectively. Again, this was a creative and unique approach to achieving fair wage increases in a bargaining unit of different classifications and wage rates. The union has concluded negotiations for the implementation of a new joint employment assessment plan and a pay equity plan.
The results resulted in salary increases for more than 800 employees, no loss of salary for each member, and new salary scales that moved hundreds more to their maximum salary. In total, the agreement provided $10 million, including $900,000 in pay equity adjustments. In 1993, the Ontario NDP government faced a deficit of $12 billion. Premier Bob Rae has called for $2 billion in wage cuts in the public sector. When Ontario`s two largest unions, OpSEU and CUPE, boycotted the talks, the government imposed a wage freeze and mandatory unpaid vacation days for public servants, which became known as Rae Days. The initiative was mainly based on twelve days of forced leave without pay for all public sector workers. The social contract also opened up the collective agreements of all public unions and froze the wages of all civilian workers. In the end, the government saved $1.95 billion and prevented layoffs of public sector employees. In addition to the many innovative provisions of our collective agreements, Jones will be best remembered for his philosophy or bargaining approach that allowed Local 1750 to address the dramatic imbalances that existed in our salary scales, particularly for lower-level positions.
In our 1976-77 collective agreement, we were limited to a total increase of 8% by the wage control of the federal government`s Anti-Inflation Commission (AIB). However, by negotiating dollar lump sums for the various salary ranges, members achieved some pay equity and saw the base rate for some first-level positions as office workers increased by 18%. In 2007, the union negotiated an organizational change agreement to introduce a new service model that changed the jobs of 1600 workers without dismissal. The agreement was also used to obtain compensation for 6 job classifications, including case managers who were denied a salary increase due to non-identification in the job evaluation process. The agreement was ratified by all negotiating members with 72% of the vote. Some may say that because we looked at our crystal ball, we were able to negotiate innovative changes to the collective agreement to protect jobs in the event of a technological change. With a little foresight, we have set up a process of reconquering workers whose jobs have been lost as a result of the technological evolution of 1977. Thank you for all the work you do. -Christina For a short time, the premises were placed under administration in 2003. .