FAQ: New Collective Bargaining Agreement SAHO

Welcome to the SEIU-West Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) - SAHO FAQ page. On this page you will find answers to common questions SEIU-West members have about the CBA. We will be updating this page regularly as information is provided.

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Retro Pay: When will we get it?

The effective date for the implementation of the new wage rates is January 31, 2021.

Retroactive pay based on the general wage increase will be paid to members on April 23, 2021, via the electronic deposit equivalent of a separate cheque.

SAHO is currently reviewing their timeline for:

  • the payment of the lump sum

As soon as we hear back from SAHO on this issue we will share the information immediately.

Retro Pay: Am I able to calculate how much my payment will be?

If you have the following information, you could be able to calculate the approximate amount of your retroactive payment:

  • how many paid hours* you worked between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020
  • how many paid hours you worked from April 1, 2020, up until the date the new rates are implemented (currently awaiting this date from SAHO) and paid out 
  • the ability to distinguish between regular pay and premium pay, and/or between paid hours of work and premiums such as weekend or shift differential

For the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, you would multiply your number of paid hours by your previous rate(s) of pay. That result would then be multiplied by 0.01 (which equates to the 1% general wage increase). You would make that calculation for each pay band in which you received wages. 

If you want to check your new rate(s) of pay for this period: multiply your previous rate(s) of pay  (for each pay band in which you received wages) by 1.01; this will result in your adjusted rate(s) of pay.

For the period April 1, 2020 to the date the new rates are implemented (again, currently awaiting this date from SAHO), you would multiply your number of paid hours, using the rate(s) of pay calculated for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, multiplied by 0.02 (which equates to the 2% general wage increase). Once again, you would make that calculation for each pay band in which you received wages.

If you want to check your new rate(s) of pay for this period: multiply your adjusted rate(s) of pay (for each pay band in which you received wages) by 1.02.

*paid hours are hours paid directly by your employer; they do not include pay from a third party such as Workers' Compensation.

Retro Pay: I was on maternity leave from October 2019 to October 2020. Will that affect my retro pay amount?

If, while on maternity leave, you were paid for any hours by the employer (e.g. sick leave, casual work) you would receive retro pay for those hours.

If, while on maternity leave, you were paid by third party (e.g. employment insurance), or were not paid at all by the employer, you will not be eligible for or receive retro pay for that time period.

Retro Pay: I retired on June 6 2020 - am I still entitled to a retroactive payment?

Yes you are, from the period April 1, 2019 to the date of your retirement.

If you have not received your retro pay after the date on which it has been made available to active employees (SEIU-West is currently awaiting this date from SAHO), contact your last manager or supervisor to ensure that you are included in the payroll calculations and that the employer has your correct direct deposit banking information.

Retro Pay: I was told if we did not contact our employer we would not get it - is that true?

Our advice is that if you, as a retiree or laid-off employee, have not received your retro pay after the date on which it has been made available to active employees (SEIU-West is currently awaiting this date from SAHO), please contact your last manager or supervisor to ensure that you are included in the payroll calculations and that the employer has your correct direct deposit banking information.

In addition to retroactive payments, why are we receiving a $200 lump sum?

Each member will receive a $200 payment in exchange for the withdrawal of the communication unfair labour practice complaint filed by SEIU-West and the other provider unions against SAHO in 2010. There were still outstanding pieces that were going to be re-heard by the Saskatchewan Labor Relations Board.

Update January 29, 2021: SEIU-West has SAHO to supply at least the anticipated time period they expect to lapse between the withdrawal of the unfair labour practice and the date on which the lump sum payment will be paid out. We will provide that update as soon as we have it.

Retro Pay: My mom worked in a longterm care home until last year, when she passed away. Is her estate entitled to her retroactive payment?

Yes.

An administrator/executor of a deceased employee’s estate will need to contact the employer proactively to request the payment be made to the deceased employee’s estate. We have asked the employer to provide a central request intake number for this purpose, which we will make accessible as soon as it's received.

How many SEIU-West member votes were cast during this voting process?

SEIU-West historically releases only the percentage, either for or against, of strike or ratification votes. For this ratification vote, 84% of voting members voted Yes to accept the tentative agreement.

When will I receive a copy of the agreement?

SAHO and SEIU-West are commencing the process of reviewing and editing the complete Collective Agreements for 2017 to 2022, and 2022 to 2023.

As well, the parties need to complete the Letter Of Understanding (LOU) on Seniority Conversion. 

Once the review is complete and the LOU is completed, the parties will formally sign the agreement. Then the CBA will be printed and ready for distribution to the membership. We will ensure members are informed of this date when it becomes available.

When do we receive our lump sum payment of $200?