Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
As promised, we want to report to you the results of the strike vote conducted on May 3, 2016.
Following the evening meeting, the ballot box was opened in the presence of Neil Colmin, SEIU-West Vice President and the ballots were counted. We are pleased to tell you that 100% of the members voting, voted in favour of “the Union’s plan to commence job action up to and including strike.”
You told us loud and clear you do not agree with the Employer’s proposals regarding the hours of work for either the 8-hour or 12-hour shift people. You also raised a number of issues in regards to not being properly paid for the hours that you have worked. As mentioned in the meetings, when such situations arise contact the Member Resource Centre at the number below they will advise you and refer the matter to the Union Representative. It is only by brining those issues to our attention can we raise them with the Employer and, using the grievance procedure of the Collective Agreement, get these problems corrected.
We have also heard that you are being told that as the Collective Agreement has expired that you no longer have any Union rights and that the provisions of your Agreement are no longer in effect. This is blatantly false. The Collective Agreement, and all of its terms and conditions, continue in effect until we are able to negotiate and ratify a new revised Agreement. If you continue to hear this in the workplace, please let us know so we can address it with the Employer.
As we said in the meetings, the strike mandate does not mean we are walking off the job tomorrow, or anytime soon. The Saskatchewan Employment Act requires that we attempt to resolve our issues through conciliation first. In the next few days, we will write to the Minister of Labour and ask him to appoint a conciliator to work with us. We hope to get this process moving as quickly as possible but it could take as long as 6 to 8 weeks before we get back to meeting with the Employer and the Conciliator. We will also have to attempt to negotiate an essential service agreement with the Employer outlining how many of our members will have to remain on the job during any strike action.
In the meantime, continue with ‘purple shirt days’ and wearing the stickers we have provided. These go a long way to raising the awareness of your issues with your residents and their families. If you are questioned by anyone about what we want, the best response is to simply say we want a fair contract that respects us as workers. If they press for details, refer them to one of your Bargaining Team members. Keep doing your jobs to the best of your abilities.
The Bargaining Team thanks you for your support and patience as we work through this difficult situation.
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 participation in your Union makes the Union strong.
The SEIU-West/Samaritan Place Bargaining Team
Bev Beatty (Unit Chairperson) * Rena Olson * Cheryl Resnick
Staff: Tracy Goodheart (Union Representative) * Kerry Barrett (Negotiations Officer)
Related Documents (Printable PDF):