Date: August 22, 2018
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Greetings Sisters and Brothers:
As you are likely aware, the membership rejected the Tentative CBA that was put forward to you by your bargaining committee on July 25, 2018. Subsequent to that SEIU-West informed the employer that we would be having a strike vote on August 2nd 2018.
The employer, while disappointed that the membership had rejected the contract and concerned about a potential strike mandate agreed to meet with your committee on August 9, 2018. As a showing of good faith we agreed to postpone the strike vote pending the outcome of our meeting.
On August 9th the employer came forward with an updated monetary offer. While the monetary offer from the employer was better than the offer in the rejected tentative agreement, your committee felt that there was no benefit to bring you the employers’ latest monetary offer as it had not improved enough from the agreement that was rejected.
It is the opinion of the bargaining committee and the employer that we have reached an impasse in the bargaining process. As such your lead negotiator has written a letter to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety with the goal of getting a Labour Relations Officer to assist the Union and Employer in reaching an agreement that can be ratified by the membership. No dates have been set for this meeting.
When we conclude our meeting with the Employer and the Labour Relations Officer we will set up a meeting with you, the membership, to communicate with our next steps.
Please continue to check out your Union Bulletin Board, or seiuwest.ca for further updates. If you have any questions about your workplace, please contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 ex. 2298. The MRC Officers will be able to assist you or will refer your question if necessary.
Your participation in your Union makes your Union strong!
The SEIU-West West Park Crossing Bargaining Committee
Selene Desjardins • Murray Froese • Al Chaisson • Staff: Bob Desjarlais (Union Representative) • Blair McDaid (Negotiations Officer)