The Conference Board of Canada predicts that non-unionized salaried employees will get 3.1% salary increases in 2012, despite our economic troubles. This is up from 2.7% in 2010 and 3% in 2011.
Private sector salaried personnel are leading the way, with projected increases of 3.2%, while salaried public sector employees can look forward to only 2.6% increases.
In contrast unionized workers can expect just 2% in 2012, according to the Conference Board. Private sector increases will be a little higher at 2.3%, while public sector increases will be lower at 1.5%. Union increases were also well below what the non-union, salaried class got in 2010 and 2011. Public sector union settlements were especially low, averaging 1.6% in 2010 and 2011.
While the salaried class are predicted to get an (uncompounded) increase of 8.8% in 2010 through 2012, public sector wage settlements are predicted to get just over half of that (and well less than inflation).
But many right wing commentators doggedly harp on about excessive public sector union settlements. Do facts really matter, after all?
They'd make more sense, however, if they cast an eye on their managers' pay increases, instead.