For Immediate Release – September 19, 2012
Saskatoon – The Union members employed at Marion Chateau in Regina, the Bentley in Saskatoon and the Bentley in Yorkton all gave resounding support to their bargaining teams by voting in favour of tentative collective agreements last week. These are the first collective agreements with their employer Revera Retirement Communities.
The contracts achieved the Union’s goal of equal benefits and treatment for these workers compared to those workers employed with the same employer and affiliated with the same union at the Bentley Hillsdale in Regina and the Bentley in Moose Jaw.
“We made significant gains in getting this employer to recognize that this is really just one workplace,” said Kerry Barrett, Lead Negotiator. “It does not matter if you work in Yorkton; you deserve the same benefits and protections as your co-workers in Regina.”
The one area where there was no movement was equal rates of pay. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get there with this contract but I think the gains we’ve made are a good start and will improve the workplace for everyone involved. Our members look forward to fostering an even stronger relationship with their Employer over the life of this contract,” continued Barrett.
Each facility employs between 25 and 30 workers. Some workers prepare and serve meals to the residents; others do housekeeping and laundry duties, as well as, transport residents to appointments and other personal activities within their communities.
“We look forward to continuing our support of these new members as they shape their workplace and become more confident in their abilities as Union leaders,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We are proud of our newest SEIU-West members. In a very short time they have accomplished a great deal by working together. It is obvious that they see the value of forming a union to improve both their working lives and their future.”
SEIU-West represents over 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, Negotiations Officer – 306.690.4407
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