Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) Administration members ratified a new five-year contract earlier today.

These MGEU members provide important administrative functions to help in delivering the crown corporation’s many agricultural support services – including direct loans and loan guarantees, agricultural insurance, wildlife damage compensation and emergency assistance.

Their new five-year agreement (effective March 22, 2014 - March 29, 2019) includes general wage increases in each year, improvements to the health spending account, the introduction of a direct-pay prescription drug plan, and employment security provisions for the life of the agreement.

On a related note, the MASC Adjustors Bargaining Committee has now reached a tentative agreement. A highlight sheet is being created and sent with a mail-in ballot to each member of the bargaining unit. Information/voting sessions will take place throughout the province over the next few weeks, with the final ballot count on their contract to take place April 22.