MEDIA RELEASE: Workers Want Some Table Talk

For Immediate Release, April 30, 2015

Weyburn – The education support staff of South East Cornerstone School Division reached out to their employer again yesterday in order to confirm various media and third party reports that the Board is indeed ready to come back to the table and negotiate an equitable collective agreement. This morning we received a reply indicating they are willing to meet and resume negotiations.

“We are aware that others who work in this same School Division have been offered a much different package than the one offered to SEIU-West,” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Bargaining Committee Chair of Southeast Cornerstone. “We believe strongly the work we do should be of as much value as any other employee.  Our goal is to sign off on an agreement that is fair and reasonable.”

“We know that students, parents and members of our communities recognize the real impact that our members make in the lives of the students, we witness on the picket line the regular shows of support from parents and their kids,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Our members want to get back to work – we believe that the best place to get a collective agreement is at the bargaining table.”

The Union was in a legal strike position as of 10:47 am on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and took to the streets in support of their collective bargaining. “We want to be at work and making a difference in our students’ lives but we also want the employer to recognize and acknowledge our legitimate demands,” added Jackiw.

“Our members want to be in those classrooms, driving the buses and cleaning the schools, that is their calling,” added Cape. “Investing in our children’s education needs to be a priority. Without our members, they’re only getting a portion of the education pie.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Workers Want Some Table Talk


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