Essential Services negotiations begin in August

As outlined in our last update, bargaining is now at an impasse. You’ve stood your ground and refused to accept Chantelle Management’s rollbacks. Now we need to push bargaining forward.

On May 8, your bargaining team requested to begin negotiations for an Essential Services Agreement (ESA), which will start on Aug. 30 and 31.

Why is an Essential Services Agreement needed?

We need to secure our ESA before we can pursue mediation, which is what your bargaining team plans to apply for at the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB).

An ESA governs the terms of a strike or lockout if either action was taken. It determines the minimum number of staff (and specific classifications) needed to remain on the job to protect public health and safety while still allowing us to put pressure on the employer in the case of a strike or lockout.

What’s Mediation?

If our application for mediation is accepted, the ALRB will assign a third-party mediator to sit in on negotiations with the employer and help guide discussions.

Chantelle Management has been stalling bargaining for months and ignoring issues that are key to your work-life. A mediator will ensure our voice is heard by getting us to repeat our proposals. The employer will do the same. With all outstanding items clearly identified and repeated, each one is more likely to be given the time, attention and open discussion it deserves.

The mediator will also apply a stricter timeline to negotiations. If after 14 days of bargaining the mediator can’t encourage us to settle an agreement, they may write a list of compromises and recommendations, which would form the foundation of a mediated tentative agreement on which we’ll vote.

Next Steps

Mediation will not only increase the chances that we settle an agreement, but it will ensure that the compromises we make to reach one still benefit us.

You’ve been in negotiations far too long for Chantelle Management to only propose wage increases that won’t match projected cost of living increases.

Thank you for your perseverance and your support. It has helped us get this far and will continue to help us as we enter ESA discussions, so we can take new actions at the bargaining table.

If you have any comments or concerns, we want to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact any one of your bargaining team members.


Mrs. Shelley Todd 780-385-8288 or
Terrie Carudo 403-596-2625 or
Edith Pasco 403-872-8522 or


John Wevers, Negotiator 780-238-4767 or
Michelle Szalynski, Organizer 403-634-8262 or
Celia Shea, Communications