Date: February 15, 2022
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
The parties met on October 19, 20 and 21, via the Zoom Virtual Meeting Platform, and exchanged proposals packages. Additional dates of January 19 and 20, 2022 were agreed to, and the parties met on these dates. A lot of time was spent discussing the wage and wage classification schedule. We were to meet again on February 2 and 3, 2022, however these dates were cancelled, with very short notice by the employer, due to the pending sale of Extendicare’s Esprit holdings to Sienna-Sabre LP.
This sale should not affect the Union’s right to continue to negotiate on your behalf. The Saskatchewan Employment Act sets out the new employer’s obligations with respect to successorship, their obligation to recognize the Union, and to continue to bargain in good faith. Additional dates of April 13th and 14th have been set, and we are hopeful to resume negotiations at that time.
Stay tuned for further updates and remember to check out your Union Bulletin Board, or seiuwest.ca for further updates. Your bargaining committee members, Selene Desjardins and Rubilyn Mercene, will be canvassing the membership, regarding dates to have a membership meeting, likely by Zoom, for us to provide further information and answer any questions you may have.
If you have any questions about your workplace, please contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 ex. 2298 or email them directly at [email protected]. The MRC Officers will be able to assist you or will refer your question if necessary.
Your participation in your Union makes us all strong!
The SEIU-West West Park Crossing Bargaining Committee
Selene Desjardins (Unit Chair) • Rubilyn Mercene • Staff: Lynette Pinfold (Union Representative) • Katelyn Thibeault (Union Representative) • Larry Buchinski (Southern Negotiations Officer)