NOTE: the next round of bargaining sessions is set for November 23 to 27, 2017.
Saskatoon – November 6, 2017
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Your SEIU-West bargaining committee and our coalition partners, CUPE, SGEU, met with SAHO for five days in Saskatoon this week.
The priority conversations this week were the problems connected with the recent roll-out of the Joint Job Evaluation Maintenance Committee (JJEMC) provincial reviews as these relate to education program changes for three families of classifications. We identified there is a critical need for the parties to look at fundamental changes to the provincial JJE plan relative to the education skill factor. We have proposed that the Committee of the Parties (COPS) undertake a review of the education skill factor and any related factors. While the review is ongoing, the parties should agree to maintain all current salaries. We have reached agreement where a classification pay band is determined by the JJEMC to be reduced and incumbents maintain their current pay band, those incumbents not at the top step will continue to progress through the increment steps of the current pay band.
Your SEIU-West bargaining committee has continued to push the message you have sent us:
NO Cuts, NO Rollbacks, Pay Us What We’re Worth! Treat Us With Respect!
We have given to SAHO and the Employers a set of principles that underline the priorities for our members and the full range of professional skills brought by the health care team. We wait to hear from SAHO and the Government of Saskatchewan on our principles; we want them to know that we are serious about getting a collective agreement but we are not willing to compromise our members’ rights, safety and fairness in the workplace. We are serious about protecting our public health care system and the quality of service we provide to our patients, clients and residents each day.
We continue to seek your help to get the attention of our Government about changing their regressive mandate. As we have asked before – and we will keep asking – call your MLA, send an email, ask for a meeting. Tell them how they seriously need to change their mandate. Tell them we cannot provide patient first health care services if the Government and SAHO continue to put us last! If you would like assistance writing a letter to the editor or to your MLA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your SEIU-West Provincial Bargaining Committee
CHR: Janice Platzke (SEIU-West Treasurer) • FHHR: Brenda Berry; Donna Gallant • HHR: Colleen Denniss • SHR: Judy Denniss; Rick Brown; Simone Corriveau; Kim Wyatt; Charlene Sarafin; • Staff: Bob Laurie (Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Russell Doell (Deputy Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Cam McConnell (Negotiations Officer) • President: Barbara Cape