MEDIA RELEASE: Support Workers Ratify Tentative Agreement

Support Workers Ratify Tentative Agreement

For Immediate Release – May 28, 2018

Saskatoon – Support Workers at Elmwood Group Homes (EGH) have voted to accept an improved offer from their employer.

“We are relieved to see a resolution in this difficult round of negotiations,” said Jessica Eastveld, Support Worker at EGH. “Our residents deserve to have staff that are treated with respect and dignity. A fair wage increase is part of that.”

Since February 16, 2018, EGH Support Workers have been exercising their legal right to take strike action against their employer.

“Our members prove time and again that by sticking together, they can bring about real change in their workplaces, and communities,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “This group of Support Workers have been committed to keeping their residents safe while they exercised their legal right to withdraw services in support of their collective bargaining effort.”

SEIU-West members who work at EGH are hosting a community thank you BBQ in Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon on May 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

“We are very grateful to all the people in Saskatoon who supported us in our fight for fairness,” said Eastveld. “We really got a good chance to demystify what we do for a living and the value our job brings to the everyday life of our residents.”

Earlier today, the Saskatchewan government proclaimed May 28 to June 1 as Disability Service Professionals Week.

“This coupled with our members’ success at the bargaining table is a victory for the entire Saskatchewan Community-Based Organization (CBO) sector,” added Cape. “At SEIU-West, our goal of a more just and humane society involves both recognition and value for those who provide compassionate care and services to those most vulnerable in our society.”

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.

For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

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