A decision by an arbitrator to settle a dispute between the City of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU) has ended with paramedics being awarded a retroactive wage increase.
Arbitrator Arne Peltz awarded the increases of 4.5% for 2011 and 4.5% for 2012, and a further 3.75% for 2013.
An arbitrator was brought in after the city and MEGU failed to reach an agreement through collective bargaining.
“The award is seen as positive by paramedics,” said Chris Broughton, president of Paramedics of Winnipeg, MGEU Local 911 in a statement. “We feel it recognizes the difficult work that we do each and every day on behalf of Winnipeggers.”
The new collective agreement will expire in February 2014.