YEU, YTG reach agreement

After five months of bargaining, the Yukon Employees’ Union and the Yukon government reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday.

After five months of bargaining, the Yukon Employees’ Union and the Yukon government reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday.

The union represents about 2,500 Yukon civil servants.

“The team was happy with the deal that they were able to reach,” Yukon Employees’ Union president Laurie Butterworth on Thursday.

No details of the agreement will be released until it has been ratified by a majority of voters.

“If they all accept it, it’s a done deal. If they don’t, there will have to be some other route to a settlement,” said Butterworth.

The union plans to hold a series of meetings over the next month to present the contact to its membership.

It hopes to hold its first evening meeting in Whitehorse on April 26, a daytime meeting on April 27 and another evening meeting on April 30.

Then the union will head to the communities. It hopes to have consultation wrapped up by early May.

The previous contract expired on December 31.

Although employees have been working without a contract for three months, the tenets of the old one stay in place until a new deal is reached or the two sides come to an impasse.