Despite UMFA`s demands for binding conciliation by third parties, an agreement was reached through mediation on Sunday. The agreement has yet to be ratified by UMFA members. This agreement is a far cry from UMFA`s initial request for “a fairer payroll, a modest wage increase for the 2020-21 contract year and additional assistance during the pandemic for people with dependent responsibilities.” The agreement offered by the U of M includes a one-time covid-19 bursary of $1,950 and a zero per cent increase depending on the province`s demands. UmFA also retains its rights to take legal action against the effects of the unconstitutional law on the sustainability of public services and a guarantee for wage discussions in collective bargaining. In a press release, UMFA President Michael Shaw said, “Prime Minister [Brian] Pallister and his government continue to interfere in collective bargaining.” UMFA members will vote this week on the ratification of the agreement. To access a list of seniors for the respective unions, click here. IUOE (A) represents engineers and energy associates. The mediation took place over four days, from November 12 to 15. The strike period was extended once – from 14 November to 15 November – to allow more time to continue discussions. .