Bargaining Update no. 3 – Extendicare

Your SEIU-West Bargaining committee met with the Extendicare on April 6, 7, and 8 to commence bargaining. We presented our proposal package based on the members’ responses to the bargaining questionnaire and our membership meetings.

As we had anticipated, the language in the SEIU-West/SAHO collective agreement around the Call-In System was of interest to the employer. The parties discussed their issues regarding casual call in lists, seniority lists, utilization of stat holiday banks, vacation scheduling and the provision of certain information by the employer to the union, among other topics. While we did not get to the stage where we would have tabled our total monetary compensation package, we did inform the employer of the union’s position that full retroactivity must be paid, despite the length of time it has taken to get to the bargaining table.

At the end of our session, we believe that a considerable amount of progress has been made. We are in the process of confirming further bargaining dates at the start of May.

Your committee will be meeting on April 20 in Moose Jaw to work towards the drafting of a bargaining proposal package that will move us towards successfully concluding this round of negotiations.

If you are interested in reading past bargaining updates, please visit our website at Should you have any other questions, that are NOT about specific discussions at the bargaining table, don’t hesitate to contact your Unit Chairperson for more information.

In solidarity,

Your SEIU-West bargaining committee

“Email Updates: We are starting an Extendicare email group to provide the updates immediately to members. It is a protected list and not shared with anyone. If you wish to be on this list, please send an email to Barbara Cape, President, SEIU-West at Please provide your name, facility and email address.”

PDF version of this update: Extendicare Bargaining Update no. 3

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