Bargaining continues at slow pace

On April 9 and 10, your bargaining team returned to the negotiations table with CapitalCare. Having met with them five times now, we’re disappointed to report they have made little to no movement on our agreement.

Unfortunately, this pattern of stalling isn’t new for this employer. Since bargaining started, they’ve been reluctant to address basic language changes to not only make our worksites healthier and safer, but also clarify everyone’s role in upholding these conditions.

Some of our proposed additions include clearer language around bullying and harassment, full disclosure in the grievance process, as well as management and union rights language.

This last item would uphold a culture of mutual respect, expecting both parties to act in a professional and reasonable manner. CapitalCare seems to have no problem holding our members to these standards, but they don’t want to be held to them in return.

It’s disappointing to see the employer go against their own mission, vision and values. Nevertheless, the pace at which they move does not change our priorities. You deserve a fair agreement, and you deserve to know what your rights are without question.

Your bargaining team is here for you and is committed to keeping you informed. Negotiations don’t resume until May 7 or 8, but if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact one of your bargaining team members.

Tammy Johnston
Myrena Reiger
Jackie Laurent

Chris Dickson, Lead Negotiator
Merryn Edwards, Negotiator
Dave Malka, Organizer 780-231-1800 or
Celia Shea, Communications 780-720-8122 or