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Bargaining Bulletin No. 1: Revera Retirement

For a printable PDF version of this Bargaining Update, click here.

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

Your bargaining team met with the employer’s representatives on March 30th, 31st and April 1st, last week. This was our first set of meetings in an effort to negotiate improvements to your collective agreements.

Things went quite well over the first two days. We made substantial improvements to the language, obtaining all the amendments made for our members at the Marian Chateau and the Bentley units in Saskatoon and Yorkton plus additional language changes. On the third day, we presented our monetary package which included items such as improvements to sick leave, vacation leave, shift and weekend premiums as well as increases for wage rates.

We had proposals to bring the rates of pay and the term of the agreements in line with those at the Marian Chateau, Saskatoon and Yorkton units. We made some progress on these issues but at the end of the day the Employer refused to move further, ended our meeting and walked out. he last offer we had presented was by no means our final position. We knew we still had room for movement. The Employer choose to simply quit and walk away.

To get the Employer to move and come to a final resolve on your agreements we are asking that you attend a membership meeting for your workplace. We will fully explain our proposals and current position and ask for your support. We need feedback on the outstanding issues. We will also be conducting a strike vote at these meetings.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Bentley Moose Jaw – Monday, April 18th – 8:00pm
SEIU-West,
39 Athabasca Street W
Moose Jaw

Bentley Regina – Tuesday, April 19th – 8:00pm
Travelodge Hotel
4177 Albert Street
Regina

It is vitally important that you attend the meeting for your facility as this is your only opportunity to vote on the question of job action.

If you have any questions or concerns about your workplace or your collective agreement, you are encouraged to contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 (follow the prompts). The MRC Officers are able to answer your questions and, if necessary, will forward your concerns to the Union Representative for your workplace.

Your patience, understanding and support as we work through this process is greatly appreciated.

In solidarity,

The SEIU-West/Revera (Regina & Moose Jaw) Bargaining Team:

Melissa Schmidt (Unit Chairperson – Regina) · Barb McBride (Unit Chairperson – Moose Jaw) Staff: Bob Desjarlais (Union Representative) · Kerry Barrett (Negotiations Officer)

 

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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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REPORT ON BARGAINING March 7, 2014: Revera – The Bentley at Moose Jaw

Sisters and Brothers:

Your Bargaining Team met with the members employed at the Bentley at Moose Jaw last night (March 6th) to review the Employer’s Final Offer to settle your collective agreement and to determine the membership’s direction…

 

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Report on Bargaining: Revera – The Bentley at Moose Jaw (March 7, 2014)

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General Membership Meeting – The Bentley at Hillsdale

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REPORT ON BARGAINING No. 1: Revera – The Bentley at Hillsdale

Sisters and Brothers:

Your bargaining team met with the Employer’s representatives over the last two days.  As we reported previously, discussions on the non-monetary items has now concluded and we have moved on to the monetary items (i.e. wages and benefits).

It has long been our position that all of the Unionized Revera properties should provide the same wages and benefits for their employees.  We moved towards this goal…

For the full update, click on the link below to download the printable PDF:

Report on Bargaining No. 1: Revera – Bentley at Hillsdale

 

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The Bentley at Saskatoon

Below is all the information related to your worksite.

If there is additional information or a correction to be made, please use the contact us form in the right column of this page to let us know.

Revera
Saskatoon, SK
http://www.reveraliving.com/

Current Contract:

CBA Revera Bentley Saskatoon – January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017

SEIU-West Union Representative:
Judy Horsman

Serviced out of:
Saskatoon
200-747 46th Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7K 6A1
Phone: 306.652.1011
Fax: 306.652.1392

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Media Release: New Members Form Union with SEIU-West

For Immediate Release – September 19, 2012

Saskatoon – The Union members employed at Marion Chateau in Regina, the Bentley in Saskatoon and the Bentley in Yorkton all gave resounding support to their bargaining teams by voting in favour of tentative collective agreements last week. These are the first collective agreements with their employer Revera Retirement Communities.

The contracts achieved the Union’s goal of equal benefits and treatment for these workers compared to those workers employed with the same employer and affiliated with the same union at the Bentley Hillsdale in Regina and the Bentley in Moose Jaw.

“We made significant gains in getting this employer to recognize that this is really just one workplace,” said Kerry Barrett, Lead Negotiator. “It does not matter if you work in Yorkton; you deserve the same benefits and protections as your co-workers in Regina.”

The one area where there was no movement was equal rates of pay. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get there with this contract but I think the gains we’ve made are a good start and will improve the workplace for everyone involved. Our members look forward to fostering an even stronger relationship with their Employer over the life of this contract,” continued Barrett.

Each facility employs between 25 and 30 workers. Some workers prepare and serve meals to the residents; others do housekeeping and laundry duties, as well as, transport residents to appointments and other personal activities within their communities.

“We look forward to continuing our support of these new members as they shape their workplace and become more confident in their abilities as Union leaders,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We are proud of our newest SEIU-West members. In a very short time they have accomplished a great deal by working together. It is obvious that they see the value of forming a union to improve both their working lives and their future.”

SEIU-West represents over 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

 

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Media Release: New Members Form Union with SEIU-West

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REPORT ON BARGAINING No. 8: Revera Retirement Units

Marian Chateau, The Bentley at Saskatoon, and
The Bentley at Yorkton

September 17, 2012

Sisters and Brothers;

Congratulations!

You have ratified your new Collective Agreements.

Last week the ratification votes were held for each of the three facilities and each accepted their respective Agreement with solid votes in favour.

Formal notice of the voting results was sent to the Employer on Monday morning. With this notice, all terms and conditions of the new Agreement including, but not limited to the new rates of pay became effective as of approximately 8:30am.

We still need to meet with the Employer one more time to sign the official Collective Agreement. Once the Agreements have been signed they will then be copied and printed for distribution to all the members in the facilities. They will also be posted on our website at www.seiuwest.ca. For the time being though, copies of the Memorandum of Agreement are available in each of the facilities.

Retroactive pay is now to be calculated at the new hourly rates of pay based upon the hours you have worked since January 1, 2012. This retro pay is to be paid to all employees within the next 30 days on a cheque separate from your regular pay cheque. It is also to be accompanied by a statement explaining the calculation. If you believe the payment you receive is not correct, you should approach your Unit Chair and your local Executive Director and ask for it to be corrected.

If you have any questions about the Agreement or your rights under it, talk with one of the members of your Bargaining Committee or call our Member Resource Centre (MRC). The MRC can answer your questions or refer your call to the appropriate Union Representative. The MRC can be reached by calling 1-888-999-7348, press 1, then either Extension 2226 or 2249.

Thank you for all the support and direction you provided to us over the last many months as we worked to achieve your first Collective Agreements. This was a long hard job but your support and determination made the effort worthwhile.

In solidarity,

Marion Chateau:
Rene Spelliscy, Unit Chair
Joanna Kosskamp
Cheryle Lambie

Bentley at Saskatoon:
Linda Pederson, Unit Chair
Kyleigh Gloeden
Delainie Gloeden

Bentley at Yorkton:
Deborah de Jong, Unit Chair
Karen Pedwell
Eleanor Grandquist

Union Representatives:
Bob Desjarlais – Marian Chateau & Yorkton
Blair McDaid – Saskatoon

Negotiations Officer:
Kerry G. Barrett

 

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

Report on Bargaining no. 8: Revera Retirement Units

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REPORT ON BARGAINING No. 7: Revera Retirement Units

Marian Chateau, The Bentley at Saskatoon, and The Bentley at Yorkton

September 4, 2012

Sisters and Brothers;

Back in July we came out and asked you to accept agreements we had negotiated with your Employers. We thought we had good solid deals with Revera that gave you good protections and benefits. These agreements also managed to set new standards in your industry. We were very proud of what we had achieved and asked you to support and accept these agreements. You did as we asked of you and voted more than 93% in favour.

Unfortunately, the Employer took an almost unprecedented move of refusing to ratify the agreements. This meant we had to go back and address their concerns with the original provisions. As it turned out, their only concern was with the provision of ‘Green Circling’ for those employees whose current hourly rate of pay is above the new rates for their job(s).

This meant that we were required to make changes to the Notes: Placement of Current Employees page. With these changes, those employees who were previously ‘green circled’ will now have their current hourly rate of pay frozen until such time as the new pay rates overtakes them. This is referred to as ‘Red Circling’. We also changed the Notes to provide that all employees, regardless of their status, are placed in the scale based upon their original date of hire instead of their number of working hours.

To provide compensation for the Red Circled employees we were able to negotiate a special Letter of Understanding to be attached to the Collective Agreements. This Letter will provide for annual lump sum payments to top up the employee’s annual earning of the previous year as though they had received the negotiated wage increases.

There are no other changes to any of the provisions and benefits from the Agreements we brought out to you in July. What this does mean, however, is that you must vote again and determine if you will accept these Agreements or not. This second round of ratification meetings are scheduled as follows:

Bentley Saskatoon:
Thursday, September 13th 7:00pm
SEIU-West Office
#200, 747 – 46th Street West

Bentley Yorkton:
Friday, September 14th 7:00pm
Royal Canadian Legion Hall
380 Broadway Street West

Marian Chateau:
Saturday, September 15th 2:30pm
Travelodge Hotel – Windsor Room
4177 Albert Street

Copies of the complete revised tentative agreements have been made available in each facility.

It is vitally important that you come out to the meeting for your facility! This is your opportunity to have input into the direction of your workplace for the next three years. Hear about your tentative agreement and cast your vote.

Additional information about your agreements will be posted on our website at www.seiuwest.ca.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your Unit representatives. Your ideas and opinions are important and welcomed.

In solidarity,

Marion Chateau:
Rene Spelliscy
Joanna Kosskamp
Cheryle Lambie

Bentley at Saskatoon:
Linda Pederson
Kyliegh Gloeden
Delainie Gloeden

Bentley at Yorkton:
Deborah de Jong
Karen Pedwell
Eleanor Grandquist

Union Representative:
Bob Desjarlais

Negotiations Officer:
Kerry G. Barrett

For a printable pdf of this update, click on the link below:
Report on Bargaining No. 7: Revera Retirement Units

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Revera in the News – Alberta

August 14, 2012:

Alberta government forces binding arbitration in Edmonton retirement residence dispute

(PDF of Article: Alberta government forces binding arbitration )

August 13, 2012:

Union wants provincial probe after death of resident

(PDF of Article: Union wants provincial probe after death of resident)

Union wants probe of resident’s death at striking seniors home

(PDF of Article: Union wants probe of resident’s death at striking seniors home – Edmonton – CBC)

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