The largest union in Saskatchewan has voted in favour of giving its negotiating committee a strike mandate.
Members belonging to the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union’s (SGEU) Public Service/Government Employment bargaining unit voted on the mandate throughout July.
The collective agreement expired on Sept. 30, 2016, and affects about 12,000 workers in positions like social work, provincial wildfire fighters, lab techs and corrections officers.
“This mandate sends a strong, clear message to government that our members are serious about achieving a fair and reasonable collective agreement that protects their rights and improves their wages and benefits,” Barry Nowoselsky, chair of the negotiating committee, said in a news release.
The strike mandate does not mean a strike will happen. The negotiating committee is willing to return to the bargaining table.
A tentative deal was rejected in April and the union said the government was unwilling to continue to negotiate.