For Immediate Release – April 2, 2012
Moose Jaw – The SEIU-West Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the workers have accepted the contract that was negotiated with Moose Jaw & District EMS.
“We are content that the seniority issue has been resolved,” said Neil Diacon, Moose Jaw and District EMS worker and bargaining committee member. “I can’t say that it was easy to get to but the employer seems to understand the necessity of having stable staff in order to provide stable care”.
Ballots cast on Friday, March 29, 2012 revealed a 66% vote in favour of accepting the memorandum of agreement.
“Our members collectively made the decision a number of weeks ago to pursue an agreement that is fair and equitable when compared with others who provide a similar service in the province of Saskatchewan,” said Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer for SEIU-West. “Though it’s not exactly what members wanted, as you can see by the level of acceptance, this Agreement was hard fought and comes as a result of their determination and resolve”.
SEIU-West members who provide emergency medical services in the community of Moose Jaw and Central Butte did have to employ some job action but kept their promise to the community that their services would continue.
“Though we didn’t get everything we set out to achieve, we think that we were able to make good compromises that ultimately improve the working lives of our members in Moose Jaw and Central Butte and the service for the public,” continued Barrett.
Other changes in the contract include improved Union recognition and grievance procedure provisions as well as continued wage parity with EMS workers in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. The new collective agreement will expire March 31, 2015.
SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.
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Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250
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