For Immediate Release, March 7, 2018
Saskatoon – Support Workers at Elmwood Group Homes (EGH) have renewed and expanded their strike action which took effect at 6:00 pm on March 6, 2018.
“Our members continue to be frustrated by their employer’s inability to negotiate a fair wage increase,” said Barb Cape, President of SEIU-West. “So they are increasing the pressure by withdrawing further non-vital transportation service.”
The Support Workers’ strike action has been deemed legal by the Labour Relations Board (LRB). Dates have been scheduled later in March to hear the Employer’s Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) application regarding its assertion the Union ought to have concluded an essential services agreement.
“The employer seems to be ignoring the patience our members have demonstrated in expecting fair play at the bargaining table,” added Cape. “The commitment and dedication our members have to the residents of EGH is a real tangible asset.”
Support workers have faced increasingly strange behaviour at the bargaining table. Recently, the employer would not share their proposal unless SEIU-West members accepted a zero percent wage increase.
“Our members will continue to inform the public about their situation through various means, including an information picket taking place on Friday, March 9 from 5 pm to 7 pm outside Elmwood Residences,” continued Cape.
SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour – purple – and one union – SEIU-West. Purple works in our communities! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West.
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