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Support your SAHO bargaining team on Wednesday, October 18!

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Virtual Town Hall Follow Up Part One

On September 27 & 28, SEIU-West held a virtual townhall which was a province wide teleconference for all our SAHO and Extendicare members. The purpose was to provide a status update on provincial health care negotiations with SAHO and our health region employers.

We have bargained on a number of dates, most recently a 10 day marathon scheduled from Sept 14 to 24. As well, SEIU-West had also spent the month of August travelling throughout the province to talk with our members to provide an update and get feedback.

The response to the townhall was incredible and I want to thank those of you who joined us. This is new technology for us and I believe it was useful to broaden our reach with our members. For those data nerds among us, we reached a total of over 1400 attendees on our 7 pm call on Sept. 27 and for our 2 pm call on Sept. 28, we reached a total of over 900 attendees.

We didn’t get to all of the members questions on the calls, so what I’d like to do over the course of the next few days is set out the questions and provide responses. There might be some repetition from the call, but it will help to repeat the answers.

  1. With regard to paybands going (one up and one down) have they considered adding more than one step at the top end? – Candice, Saskatoon. The short answer to this is no, we haven’t considered adding 2 steps at the top end. Partly because we’ve developed the pay band structure within the JJE Pay Equity Plan and there hasn’t been a great number of members looking to add more steps to the pay bands. However, members have certainly indicated that they want to see general wage increases applied to the current pay bands!
  2. Do they know if the government wants to centralize scheduling out of the rural areas and into urban? – Jeremy, Harris. We have had no clear statement that government is looking for that level of centralization within the new Saskatchewan Health Authority. On the townhall call, we talked about how many different call-in systems are at play in the province; there’s a different system in each RHA and there is likely a split between urban and rural. With that being said, with a new provincial health region, we fully expect that there would be some streamlining of the call-in processes and that would include some work around scheduling. But the specifics of this, we do not know.
  3. Do they not realize we are going to have a harder time recruiting in rural Sask with the change in pay bands? – Tina, Nokomis. We would have a hard time recruiting all over the province! Whether it’s urban or rural, we can’t find staff to recruit into health care. If you are in the trades, nursing, food services, techs…you name it…we are competing with private companies, other provinces and quite simply, it’s a challenge to get the trained, skilled workforce that we need…and that’s at the current rates, let alone if there were 2 lower pay bands! But let me be very clear, this direction is coming from the Government of Saskatchewan in order to save money in health care. I don’t think they know (or care) how it gets done, they are bound and determined to save health care $$$ on the backs of front line health care workers…and what we have heard over and over is that our members will not stand for it!!

We’ll have some more questions posted tomorrow, but remember: NO cuts – NO rollbacks – PAY US what we are worth – TREAT US with respect.

There is a rally coming up on October 25 at the Legislature building in Regina…there are free buses from all over the province to take you there. Bring your neighbours, your families and your friends…we need to stand together and fight back on this proposal. For more details, check our website at www.seiuwest.ca

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Coming Soon: SAHO Bargaining Update Meetings

Your SAHO Bargaining Team will be coming to your facility/community over the course of the coming weeks to talk about how the negotiations are going and listen to your questions regarding bargaining.Poster-No-Cuts-SAHO-Bargaining

Meetings will be held between August 10, 2017 and September 1, 2017

Watch for meeting time and location posters coming soon!

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Revera Retirement – Bulletin no. 3

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Your bargaining committee(s) want to provide you with an update about the current state of negotiations towards a revised Collective Agreement for each of your respective workplaces.

The Employer has insisted we negotiate each of your Agreements separately. Significant progress has…

 

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Revera Retirement – Bulletin no. 3

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 7

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Your Bargaining Team wants to thank everyone who came out this week to attend the membership meetings in Weyburn and Estevan.  Your comments and questions were all appreciated – even the challenging ones.

Immediately following the meeting…

 

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 7

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 5

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Your Bargaining Team met with the Employer yesterday (December 8th) in an effort to conclude negotiations for appropriate settlement to the collective agreement. Unfortunately, we were not able to make that happen.

We tabled a revised monetary package with the Employer that included…

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 4

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Report on Bargaining no. 5: Canadian Linen & Uniform Service

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

The membership has spoken!

Your bargaining team met with the membership on Thursday, October 23rd and presented the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) reached with the Employer on October 8, 2014. We asked the membership to vote to ratify the MOA and bring this round of negotiations to a conclusion.

We are pleased to report that those members in attendance voted in favour of the MOA. We immediately notified the Employer of this decision and…

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Report on Bargaining no. 5: Canadian Linen & Uniform Service

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Bargaining Update no. 2: Southeast Cornerstone

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

We met again with your employer on October 28, 29 & 30 to continue negotiations for a renewed Collective Agreement. Progress so far has been quite good as we have now completed negotiations on all of the non-monetary issues and have moved on to discussions of the monetary items.

We presented our monetary proposals which include requests for improvements in areas such as…

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Bargaining Update no. 2: Southeast Cornerstone

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Bargaining Update no. 1: Southeast Cornerstone

Your current Collective Agreement expired on August 31, 2014. On October 1, we met with the Employer’s representatives to begin the negotiations to amend your collective agreement. The parties exchanged their respective packages and over the next couple of days…

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Bargaining Update No. 1: Southeast Cornerstone School Division

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Bargaining Update no. 1: Chinook School Division

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Your current Collective Agreement expired on August 31, 2014. Your bargaining team spent a considerable amount of time over the summer meeting with members and developing the package of proposals to be presented to the Employer.

On September 23, we met with the Employer’s representatives to begin…

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Bargaining Update no. 1: Chinook School Division

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