Media Release: SEIU-West Members Support Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value

For Immediate Release – July 27, 2012

Moose Jaw – SEIU-West members employed with Revera Retirement Genpar Inc. at three different Bentley retirement residences in the province were disappointed and perplexed to learn of their Employer’s recent rejection of their tentative collective agreement. The SEIU-West members, employed at facilities located in Regina (Marian Chateau), Saskatoon and Yorkton had just concluded ten months of negotiations for first Collective Agreements. The tentative agreement was reached in Saskatchewan, in good faith, between the local Employer representatives and the Union bargaining committee on June 22, 2012. Both the Employer and Union negotiating committees agreed to recommend acceptance of the deal. The Revera employees voted to ratify the agreement on July 13, 2012.

However, the Employer’s bargaining committee recommendation was rejected by management in the Employer’s corporate head office located in Mississauga, Ontario. The corporate position is based upon denying general wage increases to certain Union members over the life of the proposed collective agreement.

Kerry Barrett, Lead Negotiator for the SEIU-West units stated, “All Revera workers take pride in delivering valued and vital services to the residents in the Bentley retirement facilities. They just want Collective Agreements that recognize all their contributions to the residents, and to the Employer. They thought they had reached agreement in achieving their goal, only to find out that senior Revera management in Ontario didn’t agree with what the local Revera management team understood and recommended. Our members ask, “When all terms and conditions, including rates of pay, are properly negotiated and agreed upon by the Employer and the Union, shouldn’t that agreement be respected and honoured?” Right now, it doesn’t look like the decision reached in Ontario demonstrates any respect or good faith for the residents and workers in Saskatchewan. Revera employees deserve fair treatment and fair wages”.

SEIU-West represents the workers at five of the seven Revera owned seniors’ residences in Saskatchewan. These are the first collective agreements to be negotiated in these three facilities. The other two facilities, Bentley Hillsdale in Regina and the Bentley in Moose Jaw, have existing collective agreements that will up for negotiations later this year.

Members of SEIU-West include 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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For more information, contact:

Kerry Barrett, Lead Negotiator
Phone: 306.690-4407

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Media Release: SEIU-West Members Support Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value

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