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Media Release: SEIU-West Members Achieve a Tentative Agreement At Moose Jaw & District EMS

For Immediate Release, March 23, 2012

Moose Jaw – Representatives of the SEIU-West Bargaining Committee were pleased to announce to their membership that a tentative agreement has been reached today with their employer, Moose Jaw and District EMS.  SEIU-West members who provide emergency medical services in the communities of Moose Jaw and Central Butte are cautiously optimistic that their ongoing struggle to achieve a fair collective agreement is now behind them.

“We believe that this is a deal our members need to vote on,” said Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer for Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West). “Our members collectively made the decision a number of weeks ago to pursue an agreement that is fair and equitable when compared with others who provide a similar service in the province of Saskatchewan.  This Tentative Agreement comes as a result of their determination and resolve.  We will be meeting with our members to review it and to conduct a ratification vote.”

Further details will be released following the ratification process, which is scheduled for March 30, 2012 in Moose Jaw and Central Butte.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer  – 306.690.4407

For a PDF version of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: SEIU-West members Achieve a Tentative Agreement At Moose Jaw & District EMS

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BARGAINING REPORT no.5: Moose Jaw & District EMS

March 23 2012

Brothers and Sisters:

Your bargaining team wants to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Employer. Following meetings on Monday, March 19 and Friday, March 23rd, an agreement was reached we believe addresses issues sufficiently for presentation to the membership.

We will bring this package out to the members for discussion and ratification vote on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:00pm. This meeting will be held at the SEIU-West meeting room at 39 Athabasca Street West, Moose Jaw.

Those members working at the Central Butte Station will be given an opportunity to cast their ballot that day as well. Representatives from the Bargaining Team will come out to the Central Butte Station. We will meet with the members and allow them to consider the package and cast their vote.

We strongly encourage all members to attend this meeting. Full details of the settlement will be provided at the meeting. We want to hear your opinion of this settlement. Your opinions are important and you have the right to determine the direction of your Collective Agreement.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to talk with Neil or Dwight.

In solidarity,

MJ & District EMS Bargaining Team

Neil Diacon, Unit Chairperson
Dwight Chartrand
Bob Desjarlais, Union Representative
Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer

Download a PDF version of this Bargaining Report:

Bargaining Update No. 5: Moose Jaw and District EMS

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Media Release: Bargaining Resumes

For Immediate Release – March 7, 2012

Moose Jaw – Members of SEIU-West employed at Moose Jaw & District EMS and the Employer agreed to return to the bargaining table tomorrow March 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. The members have agreed to suspend their job action. The parties have agreed to not talk to the media about bargaining until a deal has been reached, or talks break down.

“The members have determined that they want to get down to negotiating a collective agreement. However, the employer must be willing to negotiate in good faith regarding the membership’s issues,” said Kerry Barrett, Negotiations officer with SEIU-West.

SEIU-West members do not want to put emergency ambulance services at risk.

“Our members are going to continue to provide professional emergency services for Moose Jaw and Central Butte,” continued Barrett. “However, the members are very determined to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement that is acceptable.”

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer, SEIU-West  – 306.690.4407

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Media Release: Seniority and Security are needed for Stable Emergency Care Services

For Immediate Release:

March 1, 2012

Moose Jaw – Members of SEIU-West employed at Moose Jaw & District EMS have served their employer with Strike Notice. The members in this workplace have been without a collective agreement since April 1, 2009. The main issue in dispute is the use of seniority to obtain additional hours of work. In response to the Strike Notice and to back their demands, the Employer has served the Union with notice of their intent to lock out the employees as of 9:00 am Saturday, March 3rd.

“Our members have made it clear that they want the security of a viable job within their home community”, says Neil Diacon, Unit Chair. “We are dedicated experienced professionals who are committed to providing the best service possible to the citizens of Moose Jaw and its surrounding areas.”

The Employer has stated they want to run their operation through the use of casual employees who will not have any guarantee of work but strictly be on call leaving the Employer the sole ability to determine who will work when and at the lowest possible rate of pay.

“Relying on solely casual workers would be a risky move,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Ambulatory services are extremely important in this province. The citizens should be able to rely on the fact that when they call 911, there will be someone there who will come and help them in their time of need. Refusing to allow for the seniority principle within the collective agreement enables the Employer to hold employees off work for periods of time to ensure they are not able to advance through the negotiated pay scales, and doesn’t help to keep a permanent pool of qualified professionals at their disposal.

“These working people want the security of knowing their jobs and their lives are protected by a true seniority based hours of work system, the same as in virtually every other healthcare workplace in this province,” continued Cape.

The Union has told the Employer that they are prepared to return to the table and negotiate a fair and just resolution to the issue. The Employer has refused to negotiate further or to set additional meeting dates at this time.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

For a printable PDF version of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: Seniority and Security are needed for Stable Emergency Services

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Provincial: SEIU-West members Invite Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety to Meet

On November 21, 2011, SEIU-West sent a letter to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety congratulating him on his successful retention of his portfolio.

In this same letter, the Honourable Don Morgan was invited to meet with members of SEIU-West members so a conversation could begin.

The letter is linked below:

November 21, 2012 Invite to Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety to Talk with healthcare providers

Healthcare providers are still awaiting a response from the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

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Provincial: SEIU-West members Invite Minister of Health to Meet

On November 21, 2011, SEIU-West sent a letter to the Minister of Health congratulating him on his successful retention of his portfolio.

In this same letter, the Honourable Don McMorris was invited to meet with members of SEIU-West members so a conversation could begin.

The letter is linked below:

Invite to Minister of Health to talk with Healthcare Providers

A month later, this was his response to the invitation from SEIU-West members:

Minister of Health’s Response to Invite from SEIU-West Healthcare Providers

On February 6, 2012, Barbara Cape sent a follow up letter to the Minister of Health encouraging him to take the time to meet with healthcare providers as he has shown “a willingness and interest to listen to Registered Nurse perspective”. You can read the full letter by clicking the link below:

February 6, 2012 Letter to Minister McMorris – Meeting request follow up

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Municipal: Detox Services in Moose Jaw

To read the letter written to Mayor Glenn Hagel regarding detox services in Moose Jaw, please click on the link below:

January 17, 2012 letter to Mayor Hagel re: Angus Campbell

Here is the response from the Mayor of Moose Jaw:

January 20, 2012 Response from Mayor Hagel re: Angus Campbell

SEIU-West followed up with some more questions for the Mayor and City Council:

January 30, 2012 Follow up letter to Mayor Hagel re: Angus Campbell Centre

A response has yet to be received.

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Public Meeting – What an eye opener for the residents of Pleasant View in Moose Jaw!

The Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) sponsored a public meeting on Jan. 24, 2012 in order to discuss their plan to relocate the detox facility to the site of the former Ina Grafton Gage home in Moose Jaw and realign the services being  provided by Thunder Creek Rehabilitation Association (TCRA).

One FHHR Representative, a consultant and the Executive Director of TCRA were on hand to provide (what has been reported as) vague answers to direct and pointed questions from the residents of Pleasant View, the workers, board members, and former clients of Angus Campbell, as well as members/leaders of SEIU-West.

The two main concerns clearly outlined by the residents of Pleasant View were : (more…)

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All we want for Christmas is Fairness for Residents and Workers

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2011

Saskatoon – The newest members of Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) are calling on their employer, Revera Retirement Communities, to do right by the residents and staff at three of their sites; the Marion Chateau in Regina, the Bentley in Saskatoon and the Bentley in Yorkton. These members are attempting to negotiate their first collective agreement with their employer, and are seeking equal treatment, and benefits to those workers employed with the same employer at the Bentley Hillsdale in Regina and the Bentley Moose Jaw. (more…)

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Revised — Less Service for More People Caught in the Grips of Addiction

Moose Jaw – Another Community-Based Organization could shut down due to funding cuts. Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) recently announced that it plans to cut all funding to Angus Campbell Centre, forcing it to close on March 31, 2012, after it has provided over 35 years of front line support to all clients who suffer from addictions in Moose Jaw.
FHHR refers approximately 20% of the clients Angus Campbell sees while providing funding that is less 1% of the Regions annual expenses.
“So far this year we had an addition of 805 non-Health Region referred clients who stayed an average of 11 days in our facility. This year, we’ve had to turn away 504 people in need between the months of April and September,” said Barb Gailey, Addictions Councillor and SEIU-West member. “Clearly there is a need to expand our services in this community, not close us down.” – 30 –

“This is another example of the original need for sustainable, reliable and indexed funding for the Community-Based Sector,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “The clients accessing the services at Angus Campbell have had good outcomes because of the quality skills of the staff. This facility should remain open and functioning.”

Currently, there are 24 beds in use at the Centre. There is space for another 8 now and capacity to add an additional 20 with some facility updates. Instead, FHHR plans on moving the services of Thundercreek Rehabilitation Centre into the facilities previously owned by Ina Grafton Gage Home. This facility is much older and would require roughly $1.3 million to renovate, in addition to cost of acquiring the space itself.

“We respect the work that is done by Thundercreek and we know that their work is valuable to the community. The fact remains that their mandate is quite different from Angus Campbell and therefore they have different staffing requirements,” said Debbie Morrison, Addictions Counsellor. “We, at Angus Campbell, have to be certified counsellors in order to continue to receive funding from Five Hills. We are wondering how does Thundercreek qualify to provide services to the clients that we currently serve?”

Angus Campbell is sending an invoice to the Minister of Health for the $1,051,885.45 in expenses, as payment for the clients who come from other Health Regions in Saskatchewan. If they are successful with this appeal, Angus Campbell would keep its doors open.

“For the sake of our clients, I hope the Ministry of Health steps in and provides the funding. The people accessing the services of Angus Campbell need their government to help them get the help they need to be a part of these boom times in Saskatchewan,” said Morrison.

SEIU-West represents over 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan including over 1000 Community-Based Organization professionals. Our members are your family, friends, and neighbours and are an important part of the services in your communities.

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

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