Wednesday night it was announced a tentative agreement had been reached between Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and about 1,700 employees at the Crown Corporation. According to the Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU), which represents those who were on strike, the latest offer from MPI included 13 per cent in total wage increases over four years.
The workers had been on strike since late August, when the previous Progressive Conservative government was still in office. The job action has impacted a variety of services including driver testing and claims assessments.
Unionized workers will learn more about the deal this morning during an online meeting, with a vote taking place this afternoon. MGEU is recommending the agreement to its members.
"We are proud to recommend (it) to our members," said MGEU president Kyle Ross in a news release, noting the agreement will help with rising costs of living.
MPI's offer also included a one-time lump sum signing bonus of $1,800 for full-time employees that will be pro-rated for part-time staff. If the deal is ratified, those who were on strike would also receive two of pay in recognition of the more than three weeks of stalled negotiations while the N.D.P. government was sworn in after the Provincial election October 3rd.
Earlier this week, MGEU announced workers voted overwhelmingly against MPI's latest offer, which included raises totaling 12.2 per cent over four years.
Monday marked the start of the 10th week of strike action, making it one of the lengthiest in the history of the MGEU.
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