Following the November 30 decision of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (LRB) with respect to the successorship of the former Extendicare Regina facilities, SEIU-West held meetings at Elmview, Parkside, and Sunset Special Care Homes to explain the recent decision to move workers from SEIU-West to CUPE.
Date: June 21, 2021
Greetings Sisters and Brothers at Extendicare,
Your Extendicare Bargaining Committee met on Friday June 11, 2021. The committee membership has changed. The members now are Lynette Pinfold – Moose Jaw unit chair; Colleen Watson – Elmview unit chair; Lisa Virtue – Sunset unit chair; Marlene Thomson – Parkside unit chair and Lori Klus – Preston unit chair. Union representatives are Tracy Goodheart and Katelyn Almen. Chief spokesperson will be Bob Laurie, director of Contract Bargaining & Enforcement for SEIU-West.
As you all know, there has been considerable delay in commencing Extendicare collective bargaining. First, Extendicare bargaining traditionally commences after the conclusion of SAHO collective bargaining, as the SEIU-West/SAHO negotiations set the pattern for Extendicare monetary increases. SAHO bargaining took an extraordinarily long period of time to conclude. As well, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal operations at Extendicare facilities throughout the province. Extendicare management focused all of their resources on trying to deal with the pandemic and the negative effects it had upon the residents and staff in all of their facilities. As a consequence, there was no time for anyone to attend bargaining sessions.
We have set August 31, September 1 and 2, 2021 as our dates to commence bargaining. Your bargaining committee will be sending out a short survey for you to identify your bargaining issues now, and for you to provide comments on the issues the committee has identified. As well, we will make available the SAHO tentative agreement document so you can see what changes have been made with respect to compensation and other matters. One of the most significant changes is the way in which seniority is calculated for SEIU-West members who work for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). We will be asking for your opinions on this change.
Through the survey, and through virtual membership meetings, the bargaining committee will develop a proposal package which we will table at the commencement of negotiations.
As always, we welcome our members’ questions and comments as we build our bargaining proposal package and get ready for bargaining. We encourage you to contact the MRC at 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298 to ask any further questions.
Please watch for updates on SEIUWEST.ca.
Your SEIU-West Extendicare Provincial Bargaining Committee:Preston Extendicare: Lori Klus • Parkside Extendicare: Marlene Thomson • Elmview Extendicare: Colleen Watson • Sunset Extendicare: Lisa Virtue • Moose Jaw Extendicare: Linette Pinfold • Staff: Bob Laurie (Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Tracy Goodheart; Katelyn Almen (Staff Representatives)
Re: Parties' Closing Arguments Regarding the SEIU-West Successorship Application
On September 29, the final arguments from SEIU-West, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (the SHA), CUPE and SGEU were heard by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) on SEIU-West’s successorship application to continue to represent the members of SEIU-West at the Extendicare facilities in Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and the three Extendicare facilities in Regina.
In our most recent update, we had identified to our SEIU-West members that vacation banks, time in lieu banks and stat/pro-stat banks would be posted in your workplaces by the end of March. Unfortunately, it was only recently brought to our attention that this did not happen
We met with the SHA on March 17, 2023 to discuss several outstanding issues that must be addressed in the transition to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
It is time for the 2022 SEIU-West SAHO/ECI Bargaining Survey!
This survey is for SEIU-West members who work at (or are on leave from) a Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) or SHA-affiliated workplace or program, including Extendicare.
The next round of collective bargaining with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) and Extendicare Canada Inc. (ECI) will begin in the coming months and we are looking for SEIU-West members to make up our bargaining committee.
Elmview, Moose Jaw, Parkside, Preston, and Sunset Extendicare Facilities
New pay rates are effective April 17, 2022.
Date: March 7, 2022
Greetings Brothers and Sisters who work at Extendicare Canada’s Elmview, Preston, Moose Jaw, Parkside, and Sunset facilities:
We wanted to update you regarding the implementation of the new collective agreement you approved in January, as well as regarding the transfer of these facilities to the SHA.
Date: January 6, 2022
Greetings Brothers and Sisters:
The SEIU-West members who work at Extendicare Canada’s Elmview, Preston, Moose Jaw, Parkside, and Sunset facilities have voted in favour of the tentative agreement by 85.6%.
Date: December 22, 2021
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
The following are some questions and answers about the Extendicare Tentative Agreement (TA). These arose during the four information meetings held on Zoom on December 20 and 21.