Collective Bargaining – When It Works

Saskatoon – SEIU-West began collective bargaining with Extendicare (Canada) Inc. in April of 2011. Typically, this negotiation follows the pattern set by the SEIU-West negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations and the provincial health care provider collective agreement. After five meeting days, the parties concluded a tentative agreement. A ratification vote was conducted by SEIU-West on May 31. The result of this vote was that over 85% of the SEIU-West members who cast their ballot voted in favour of accepting the tentative agreement. The Employer has also ratified the tentative agreement.

This agreement covers 700 SEIU-West members working out of 5 Extendicare facilities – Parkside, Elmview, Moose Jaw, Sunset and Preston.

These are the people who provide personal care, medication administration, social and recreational programs, house keeping, laundry and dietary services to the residents living in these Extendicare facilities.

“We are happy that we were successful in our negotiations with the employer,” said Jean Moore, bargaining committee member from Extendicare Preston. “We are encouraged that the membership ratified at such a high percentage and look forward to working under the new agreement.”

Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West, stated, “We negotiated an agreement with this Employer using a model of mutual respect and efficiency. What a contrast to our negotiations for health care providers with SAHO. Our SEIU-West bargaining committee members were impressed – this is what is possible when the parties are truly dedicated to reaching an agreement and looking for common ground on the issues brought forward.”

SEIU-West represents approximately eleven thousand health care providers across the province. They include special care aides, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, food services workers, laundry, housekeeping and activity personnel, maintenance, sterile processing workers, operating room technologists, maintenance personnel, and administrative and clerical staff, among others.

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