Your Bargaining Committee continues to prepare for the next round of negotiations.
We recently spent four days reviewing the bargaining survey and assessing the 169 thoughtful and comprehensive bargaining
proposals we received.
Wages were identified as your unequivocal priority.
And they should be, based on a presentation prepared by CUPE Research. We were informed that despite the gloomy financial
reports the government keeps trying to have us believe, things are actually not so bad. Here are a few facts we learned:
- This year's projected deficit is $463 million – last year the projection was $2.6 billion
- The deficit is projected to be eliminated by the 2026-27 fiscal year
- The Conference Board of Canada, RBC Economics and BMO each project significant economic growth for Saskatchewan in
2022 with the average being 5.9%
- The Conference Board of Canada projects that Saskatchewan will lead the nation in economic growth
- The Provincial Budget is forecasting a 3.7% and 2.5% increase in real GDP for 2022 and 2023 respectively