Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Your Bargaining Team met with the Employer on Thursday, November 24th in Moose Jaw.
We spent the day responding to questions about our proposal package which was presented to the Employer at our first meeting. Though nothing was agreed to during our meeting, we had good discussions on various and we feel some good ground was made towards a final agreement.
We expressed our desire to keep this process moving forward as quickly as possible and provided the Employer with a series of dates to continue our negotiations. The Employer indicated they would get back to us as soon as possible to confirm their availability to meet again.
As we have said previously, negotiations for a first collective agreement are typically long and drawn out as every word and every punctuation point must be considered and agreed to. We will do our best to keep the process moving as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Throughout bargaining, we will produce bargaining updates – like this one – which will be posted in the workplace and on our website (www.seiuwest.ca), or hold face to face unit meetings as needed. Don’t forget, you also have the ability to speak with your elected bargaining team members in your workplace.
We will be holding a membership meeting on Monday, December 5th at 8:00pm at the SEIU-West office in Moose Jaw (39 Athabasca St. West). This meeting will be to elect a new Unit Communicator. Nominations and voting will be conducted at this time. If you wish to let your name stand for nomination but are not able to attend, please ensure that you provide this intent in writing to someone who will be attending. Meeting notices have already been posted in your workplace.
On behalf of the Bargaining Team, I want to thank you for your support and hope that we can rely upon you all to continue to show your support as we work diligently to get the best possible collective agreement for your workplace.
The SEIU-West/Caleb Village Bargaining Team
Heidi Ferch (Unit Chairperson) · Sue Buist (Vice-Chair) · Staff: Bob Desjarlais (Union Representative) · Kerry Barrett (Negotiations Officer)
Download Bargaining Bulletin No. 2: Voyager Retirement in printable PDF.