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Bargaining News: Average Hourly Wages Index, up by 5.4% since last year

Statistics Canada reports that the average hourly wages index has increased on a 12-month rolling averaged basis since August 2021 to August 2022 by 5.4%.  That means wages in Canada have gone up by an average of 5.4%.

Your bargaining committees and negotiators are keeping track of developments like this in order to achieve the best possible outcomes at the negotiating table.  As a member, steward or ally, we ask that you support the Union, contact us if you have questions, and kindly refrain from making derogatory or negative comments that harm our solidarity or common aims.  Come back often to this page for updates.

CUPE Local 389 is entering negotiations for all our collective agreements, beginning with the District of North Vancouver.  District members are asked to support your bargaining committee, which is comprised of Tony Volpe, Kolton Smith, Sec-Treas Brian Warman, President Yvette Mercier, and staff representative Dan Todd.

Labour Force Survey, August 2022

Released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time in The Daily, Friday, September 9, 2022

Employment declined by 40,000 (-0.2%) in August, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.5 percentage points to 5.4%.

Employment fell among youth aged 15 to 24 in August, primarily young women, as well as among people aged 55 to 64.

Employment gains in various industries, including “other services” and professional, scientific, and technical services, were more than offset by declines in educational services and construction.

There were fewer public-sector employees in August, while the number of employees in the private sector and the number of self-employed workers held steady.

Employment fell in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, while it increased in Quebec. There was little change in the other provinces.

Total hours worked were unchanged in August, following a decline in July (-0.5%). On a year-over-year basis, total hours worked were up 3.7%.

The average hourly wages of employees rose 5.4% (+$1.60 to $31.33) on a year-over-year basis in August, compared with 5.2% in both June and July (not seasonally adjusted).

In August, more than 1 in 10 (11.9%) permanent employees were planning to leave their job within the next 12 months, 5.5 percentage points higher than in January 2022 (not seasonally adjusted).

There were 307,000 Canadians in August who had left their job in order to retire at some point in the last year, up from 233,000 one year earlier and from 273,000 in August 2019 (not seasonally adjusted).

The unemployment rate for immigrants who had arrived in Canada within the past five years was lower in August 2022 (7.6%) than in any month of August since comparable data became available in 2006 (three-month moving average, not seasonally adjusted).