Immigration workers could get 13% pay raise

The workers had been without a new contract for over 3 years.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees published an update on negotiations for workers employed with the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association.

These workers include instructors, administrative support, client support, settlement practitioners, finance managers, and team leaders.

After 3 days of negotiations, the two parties were able to reach a tentative deal.

The most recent contract between the workers and EISA expired in March 2020, over 3 years ago.

The new 5-year contract includes a 13% increase to wages over the life of the contract, broken down by year, as follows:


That’s an average of 2.6% per year.

Other changes in the new tentative agreement include:

  • Employer RRSP contribution increased from 4% to 5%
  • Greater flexibility in using accrued vacation time
  • Two additional personal leave days
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation added to named holidays
  • Hours worked outside of normal hours will be banked at overtime rates, instead of the standard rate
  • Layoff notice period extended to 30 days if the layoff will be 4 weeks or less and 60 days if the layoff will be greater than 4 weeks.
  • Workers to get 5% severance for each year employed at EISA

AUPE plans to hold an information session tomorrow, after which electronic voting will begin for workers to ratify the contract. Voting will end on 12 June.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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