Date: July 14, 2023

Greetings Sisters, Brothers, and Colleagues,

After our positive strike vote, the West Park Crossing Bargaining Committee notified the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety that an impasse has been reached in collective bargaining and requested mandatory conciliation assistance.

The Ministry assigned Kevin Eckert, a senior labour relations officer, to assist in the conciliation meetings. Mr. Eckert got in touch with the parties on Tuesday, July 25 and indicated his availability to start the conciliation process. Both Sienna and the SEIU-West bargaining committees then indicated their availability. As a result, conciliation has been scheduled for August 29, 30, and 31 (if needed). While these dates are almost a month away, they were the earliest all the participants could mutually agree on. We expect the conciliation meetings will be held virtually, just as bargaining was. Please stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.

On behalf of the Committee, if you have questions about bargaining and/or your collective agreement contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) by phone at 1-888-999-7348 ext 2298, by email at [email protected], or by using the contact form at

Your participation in your Union makes us all strong!

In Solidarity,


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) • Bob Laurie (Director, Contract Bargaining & Enforcement)


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