CSS wage increases effective February 1, 2019: New wage grids available

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The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2019, which will amount to a 0.75% increase on hourly rates effective the first pay period after February 1, 2019.

A general wage increase of 1% is also in effect on the same date, raising hourly wage rates for all Community Social Service members by a total of 1.75%.

The bargaining agents for the sector have agreed to new wage grids that incorporate these increases for all members covered by the Community Living and General Services Agreements.

New wage grids that incorporate the wage increases are available here: CSS 2019-02-01 Wage Grid GWI ESD FINAL.pdf  

The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements covering workers in direct government, health, social services, crown corporations, universities, K to 12 and other post-secondary institutions.

The ESD increase applies to all collective agreements with the ESD Memorandum of Understanding. The ESD is included in several collective agreements the sector negotiated in 2013 and 2014.

The Economic Stability Dividend is calculated on the variation between the actual growth in provincial real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the projected real GDP growth, provided by the provincial Economic Forecast Council.

Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and is measured by Statistics Canada. It is published on a provincial basis in their report titled Real Gross Domestic Product at Market Prices in November of each year.

The CSSBA has confirmed the Employer's ESD calculation of 0.75% on the new wage grids.

This is the last implementation of the Economic Stability Dividend from the April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 collective agreement. Under this agreement there was a total of 5.5% in general wage increases, 7.5% for comparability adjustments and 1.95% in four Economic Stability Dividend increases.

The recently negotiated collective agreement improves on this with additional general wage increases and annual amounts for Low Wage Redress, which will apply to all positions with comparable jobs in the Health Sector.