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GN and NEU sign new collective agreement

23 November 2016 

News Release

For Immediate Release GN and NEU sign new collective agreement

IQALUIT, Nunavut (November 23, 2016) – The Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Nunavut Employees Union (NEU) today signed a new collective agreement.

"The GN and NEU worked hard to reach this agreement; one that is fair and meets the needs of our employees. I am very satisfied and thank the NEU for their continued representation on behalf of their members," said Minister of Finance Keith Peterson.

"I am very pleased to have reached a deal that is fair to both parties," said NEU President Bill Fennell.

Highlights of the new agreement include:

  • Wage increases of 2 per cent, 1 per cent, 1 per cent and 2 per cent, as of October 1 in each year of the contract, beginning in October 2014.
  • Holiday Closure Days to replace Winter Bonus Days.
  • Memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide consistency and clarity for all employees working 12-hour shifts.
  • Standardized hours across all correctional facilities.
  • New language on how employees who are consulted by telephone or email after regular hours are to be compensated.


Media Contact:

Janis Qaunirq
Department of Finance

William Fennell Communications
Specialist President 
Nunavut Employees Union
867-979-4209, ext. 202