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Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Your bargaining team met with the employer’s representatives on March 30th, 31st and April 1st, last week. This was our first set of meetings in an effort to negotiate improvements to your collective agreements.
Things went quite well over the first two days. We made substantial improvements to the language, obtaining all the amendments made for our members at the Marian Chateau and the Bentley units in Saskatoon and Yorkton plus additional language changes. On the third day, we presented our monetary package which included items such as improvements to sick leave, vacation leave, shift and weekend premiums as well as increases for wage rates.
We had proposals to bring the rates of pay and the term of the agreements in line with those at the Marian Chateau, Saskatoon and Yorkton units. We made some progress on these issues but at the end of the day the Employer refused to move further, ended our meeting and walked out. he last offer we had presented was by no means our final position. We knew we still had room for movement. The Employer choose to simply quit and walk away.
To get the Employer to move and come to a final resolve on your agreements we are asking that you attend a membership meeting for your workplace. We will fully explain our proposals and current position and ask for your support. We need feedback on the outstanding issues. We will also be conducting a strike vote at these meetings.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Bentley Moose Jaw – Monday, April 18th – 8:00pm
39 Athabasca Street W
Bentley Regina – Tuesday, April 19th – 8:00pm
4177 Albert Street
It is vitally important that you attend the meeting for your facility as this is your only opportunity to vote on the question of job action.
If you have any questions or concerns about your workplace or your collective agreement, you are encouraged to contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 (follow the prompts). The MRC Officers are able to answer your questions and, if necessary, will forward your concerns to the Union Representative for your workplace.
Your patience, understanding and support as we work through this process is greatly appreciated.
The SEIU-West/Revera (Regina & Moose Jaw) Bargaining Team:
Melissa Schmidt (Unit Chairperson – Regina) · Barb McBride (Unit Chairperson – Moose Jaw) Staff: Bob Desjarlais (Union Representative) · Kerry Barrett (Negotiations Officer)