Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Your SEIU-West bargaining committee and the Employer met on October 31, 2017 for conciliation assisted by a Labour Relations Officer appointed by the Ministry of Labour.
The only outstanding issues were negotiating the terms of a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to review scheduling practices and explore the possibility that there were cost savings that could be applied to a wage increase or bonus to staff at a later date and providing staff the ability to bank overtime in order to take it as time off at another date.
Those issues were discussed at Unit Meetings in the spring and summer of 2017 and were strongly supported by the members present.
The Employer refused to consider the Union’s proposal on banking overtime and proposed a LOU for the scheduling review project that could not possibly have achieved the agreed purpose. The Employer then stated that they refused to continue bargaining and cancelled the remaining conciliation dates that we had scheduled.
The last wage proposal that the Employer presented was 0% for 2017. That was rejected unanimously by the membership. The Union previously tabled a proposal for a modest wage increase in 2017. The Employer would not agree to that.
The Union advised the Employer that we would not present their final offer for a vote unless forced to do so by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board. Your bargaining committee also advised that we would meet with the membership to discuss the situation and seek direction of our next step including a discussion of the possibility of job action.
As discussed in our last update, we have presented the Employer with a choice: work with us to solve the problems in the workplace or fight with us over wages. We need direction from you in order to move forward to resolving these negotiations with a fair and reasonable outcome.
There are two Unit Meetings planned at the SEIU-West office located at 747 46th Street West in Saskatoon – please attend one of the following:
- November 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
- November 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Your input is important and we want to answer as many of your questions as we can.
Your SEIU-West Bargaining Committee:
Roger Schmitz (Unit Chair), Jessica Eastveld, Ramona Logan, Barb Landry (Union Representative), Cam McConnel (Negotiations Officer)