Currently At The Table

Riverbend Crossing workers formed their union with SEIU-West in January of 2020 and are currently in first contract negotiations with their employer.

Updates will appear below as they become available.

Riverbend Crossing Bargaining Update No. 5

Date: May 20, 2022

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The sale of Extendicare’s Esprit holdings to Sienna-Sabra continues to stall bargaining, and bargaining is currently “put on hold”. It is expected that the sale will be finalized some time in June. There have been no additional bargaining dates set at this time. SEIU continues to remain in contact with Sienna-Sabra, throughout their transition to ownership, and will continue to negotiate on your behalf. We have been assured by Sienna-Sabra that bargaining will proceed, once the transaction is complete.

Riverbend Crossing Bargaining Update No. 4

Date: February 15, 2022

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

Monetary proposals remain outstanding. On December 17, 2021, a comprehensive package to conclude bargaining was tabled with the employer, which contained improvements to wages and benefits, paid leaves (e.g. sick leave) and a wage schedule with three steps for each job classification. We indicated to the employer that if we are unable to reach an agreement, our next practical course was to apply to the Saskatchewan Labor Relations Board for first collective agreement bargaining assistance. The Employer is to respond.

Riverbend Crossing Bargaining Update No. 3

Date: December 21, 2021

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The Union and the Employer commenced bargaining on June 24, 2020. The continuing waves of theCOVID-19 pandemic has meant that our meetings are all done on-line through virtual meeting rooms. It’s not ideal, as it adds a lot of time to the bargaining process, but it is the only way in which the parties can meet.

Riverbend Crossing Bargaining Update No. 1

Date: December 15, 2020

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The Union and the Employer have met nine times since the commencement of negotiations on June 24, 2020. COVID-19 has played a major role on how we conduct our bargaining process, every meeting, whether it’s a caucus with our committee or bargaining with the Employer, is all done on-line through virtual meeting rooms. It’s not ideal, however, it is the way of the world we live in for the foreseeable future.

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