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MEDIA RELEASE: Student Preparation Key to Future of Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release – October 17, 2016

Saskatoon – Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) are proud to acknowledge and celebrate Education Week from October 16 to 22, 2016 with students, their families, teachers and education support staff across the province.

“The quality education of our youth is the key to our future as a province,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “The responsibility to provide them with that knowledge is not only the responsibility of teachers but that of the whole team of education staff in the school system.”

Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Tradespeople, Food Service Workers, Administrative Assistants, and School Bus Drivers in three school divisions – Holy Family (Catholic), Southeast Cornerstone (Public) and Chinook (Public) – all united by their membership with SEIU-West.

“The value of the education team cannot be understated, we believe that everyone in Saskatchewan should have access to the resources they need to succeed in school and prepare them for life,” said Maureen Jackiw, member and Trustee of SEIU-West. “That includes resources such as learning assistance; cultural and language supports for new Canadians.”

“The funding priorities of our government seem to contradict their theme for this year’s education week – ‘Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow’,” added Cape. “Every year there are funding shortfalls that impact the quality of education and schools. We hope the government will reflect on this theme and adequately invest our tax dollars in public education and ensure our children are well prepared to lead in the future.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 Saskatchewan workers. Our members work in schools, hospitals, home care, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, group homes, day cares, crisis services, municipalities, and private businesses. Joined by one union – SEIU-West – and one colour – purple – our members are an integral part of Saskatchewan communities. Visit PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the issues that matter to the members of SEIU-West, their families and their communities.

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

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Chinook School Division – Bargaining Update no. 5

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

Your Bargaining Team met with the Employer last week (June 9 & 10). This was our first meeting since January. As you are aware, we were delayed due to…

 

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 8

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

We received word on Friday morning that the Employer had ratified the new Collective Agreement at their Board meeting the previous day. With this advice the new Collective Agreement including all revised language came into effect on Friday, May 22, 2015. The new rates of pay are fully retroactive to September 1, 2014.

The parties will now work on outstanding issues such as revisions to Article 1.02 (Scope) and the merger of the seniority lists required due to the amalgamation of the two Units under this single Collective Agreement. This must be completed in order to finalize the Collective Agreement before the parties can sign and produce it for distribution to the members by the start of the next school year.

There have been a number of questions regarding lay-off notices that some employees received since the return to work from the strike. As these lay-off notices are dated prior to May 22, 2015, they must follow the language of Article 4 (Lay-off, Reassignment and Termination) from the old Agreement.

If you have any questions about your workplace or have issues in relation to the collective agreement, please contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348. The MRC Officers will be able to assist you or will refer your question if necessary.

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SE Cornerstone School Division – Bargaining Update no. 8

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MEDIA RELEASE: Education Support Workers Accept Offer

For Immediate Release – May 11, 2015

Weyburn – The education support staff of South East Cornerstone School Division have voted today to accept the tentative agreement reached by the Union and the Employer on Friday, May 8th.

“Though this isn’t everything we were hoping for, it is a step in the right direction,” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Bargaining Committee Chair of Southeast Cornerstone. “By a majority, our members have voted to accept the tentative deal.”

The tentative agreement includes a 4.5% wage increase over 2 years – 2.5% increase in the first year and 2% increase in the following year, with no other changes to previous offers.

“Though the board didn’t move as far as we would have liked, we’ve made some head way in our relationship and have managed to get a deal our members can live with,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “I’m sure the students will be excited to see their support workers back in class and around the school.”

Since 10:47 am of April 22, 2015, SEIU-West education workers have been exercising their right to strike. “The support from our communities has been overwhelming and appreciated by all of our members,” added Jackiw. “We want our students to know that we will be back at school on Wednesday May 13 and we are looking forward to seeing their eager faces.”

“We do want to thank the communities for their support through the past two weeks,” added Cape. “Our members really appreciated the company on the picket lines, the noisy honks and the many bouquets for the work they do – contained in letters, emails and comments shared.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

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Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Education Workers reach Tentative Agreement

For Immediate Release – May 11, 2015

Weyburn – On May 8, the South East Cornerstone School Division and the SEIU-West bargaining team returned to the bargaining table, with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour appointed conciliator. The negotiations resulted in the parties reaching a tentative agreement.

The SEIU-West Bargaining team are out to meetings with the membership today and voting will occur after they have reviewed the tentative agreement. We will provide results of the vote when they become available.

“We will follow the direction provided by our membership. After all, this is about what they view is fair and reasonable.” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Bargaining Committee Chair of Southeast Cornerstone.

“We know that our members want to be back in the schools and classrooms; driving the buses, cleaning the schools and assisting the students – that is their calling,” added Cape. “They believe investing in our children’s education should be priority number one. Our members believe this process has illustrated to the board of education it needs to recognize and value the skills delivered by our members.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: More Table Talk is Welcome

For Immediate Release – May 8, 2015

Weyburn – On May 7, the South East Cornerstone School Division requested the SEIU-West bargaining team to come back to the bargaining table after the members had soundly rejected their previous offer. This request came through the Conciliator. The SEIU-West Bargaining team indicated that they are willing to meet and resume negotiations, so are scheduled to resume bargaining talks with the employer representatives beginning at 1:00 pm today.

“We are hopeful that the School Division now has a heightened level of awareness about what is fair and reasonable in the eyes of our membership.” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Bargaining Committee Chair of Southeast Cornerstone.

The employer had previously offered support staff a 2% wage increase (for each of two years), no other improvements and take-aways in other areas of the agreement. On Monday, they changed the offer to a 3% wage increase for the first year and a 1% wage increase for the second year. They maintained the take-aways in other areas of the agreement and continued to insist on no other improvements. Approximately 89% of the members cast a ballot on Wednesday and a majority rejected the latest offer.

“We know that other groups within the Division signed off on agreements that achieved the 4% wage increase (over the two year period) with added improvements to benefits. Why offer others a fair and reasonable deal and then propose considerably less to us?  It makes us feel devalued by this board,” added Jackiw.

“We hope the Board will now recognize the real impact that our members make in the lives of the students; I have witnessed the regular shows of support from both parents and their kids down at the picket line.” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Our members want to get back to work – we believe that the best place to get a collective agreement is at the bargaining table and we are hopeful to achieve that.”

“Our members want to be in those classrooms, driving the buses and cleaning the schools, that is their calling,” added Cape. “Investing in our children’s education needs to be a priority. Without our members, the students are not getting the support and resources that they deserve.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Workers Want Some Table Talk

For Immediate Release, April 30, 2015

Weyburn – The education support staff of South East Cornerstone School Division reached out to their employer again yesterday in order to confirm various media and third party reports that the Board is indeed ready to come back to the table and negotiate an equitable collective agreement. This morning we received a reply indicating they are willing to meet and resume negotiations.

“We are aware that others who work in this same School Division have been offered a much different package than the one offered to SEIU-West,” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Bargaining Committee Chair of Southeast Cornerstone. “We believe strongly the work we do should be of as much value as any other employee.  Our goal is to sign off on an agreement that is fair and reasonable.”

“We know that students, parents and members of our communities recognize the real impact that our members make in the lives of the students, we witness on the picket line the regular shows of support from parents and their kids,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Our members want to get back to work – we believe that the best place to get a collective agreement is at the bargaining table.”

The Union was in a legal strike position as of 10:47 am on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and took to the streets in support of their collective bargaining. “We want to be at work and making a difference in our students’ lives but we also want the employer to recognize and acknowledge our legitimate demands,” added Jackiw.

“Our members want to be in those classrooms, driving the buses and cleaning the schools, that is their calling,” added Cape. “Investing in our children’s education needs to be a priority. Without our members, they’re only getting a portion of the education pie.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Education Support Workers Serve Notice

For Immediate Release – April 20, 2015

Weyburn – On the heels of our well-attended rally for respect on the weekend, the education support staff of South East Cornerstone School Division reached out to their employer today and offered them yet another opportunity to come back to the bargaining table. To our dismay, the employer has declined; they will not negotiate.

“We have served strike notice this morning,” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Unit Chair of Southeast Cornerstone. “We are encouraged by the support our communities have shown us and hope that this will continue through our struggle for a living wage.”

The employer has offered a mere 2% wage increase in an area of the province where the cost of living has skyrocketed.

“We know that the students and their parents appreciate and benefit from the diverse roles of those who work in education support,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “However, it does not appear that the Board acknowledges these significant day-to-day interactions and their worth in creating a positive learning environment. Why else would they insist upon an offer that is not in keeping with provincial cost of living?”

The recent conciliation process between the parties failed to achieve any agreement on a new collective agreement. The mandatory 14 day cooling off period expired on March 30, 2015. The Union will be in a legal position to begin strike action as of 10:47 am on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

“Our students and their parents rely upon the resources provided by our members in support each day so our desire is that these services not be disrupted,” added Jackiw.

In the last five years, education assistants have been reduced by 350 staff across the province. This impacts the ability of all staff to educate and be role models for our future citizens.

“Our members are prepared to return to the bargaining table and consider any revised proposal that the Board has to offer,” added Cape. “We believe that as a province, we need to reinvest in our education system; the people of Saskatchewan need to understand that schools are about more than bricks and mortar, they are about the services provided by staff that make our communities stronger and set our children on a course for their future.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

 

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Education Support Rally for Respect

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2015

Weyburn – The education support staff of South East Cornerstone School Division gathered today at the Royal Canadian Legion Auditorium in Weyburn to rally with their community in support of respect for those who ensure safe and positive learning environments for children.

“We know that the students and their parents appreciate and benefit from the diverse roles of those who work in education support,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “However, it does not appear that the Board acknowledges these significant day-to-day interactions and their worth in creating a positive learning environment.”

The recent conciliation process between the parties failed to achieve any agreement on a new collective agreement. The mandatory 14 day cooling off period expired on March 30, 2015. SEIU-West members are in a position to commence job action following a 48 hour notice to the school division.

“Our students and their parents rely upon the resources provided by our members in support each day so our desire is that these services not be disrupted,” said Maureen Jackiw, Administrative Assistant and SEIU-West Unit Chair of Southeast Cornerstone.

In the last five years, education assistants have been reduced by 350 staff across the province. This impacts the ability of all staff to educate and be role models for our future citizens.

“Our members are prepared to return to the bargaining table and consider any revised proposal that the Board has to offer,” added Cape. “We believe that as a province, we need to reinvest in our education system; the people of Saskatchewan need to understand that schools are about more than bricks and mortar, they are about the services provided by staff that make our communities stronger and set our children on a course for their future.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 250 members employed as Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Maintenance/Journeypersons, Kitchen/Cafeteria staff, Administrative Assistants and School Bus Drivers employed by the South East Cornerstone School Division in Weyburn, Estevan and 14 other rural communities.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

 

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Chinook School Division – Bargaining Update no. 4

Greetings Sisters and Brothers:

It has been some time since our last Bargaining Update.  Unfortunately, meetings with the Employer have had to be put on hold as issues…

 

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Chinook School Division – Bargaining Update no. 4

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