Bargaining Goes Down the Same Path as Nursing Care

Your bargaining team met with the employer on March 13. Unfortunately, while we came prepared to talk about the issues that matter most to you, no movement was made on the collective agreement, similar to what happened at the nursing care table.

Some of the working conditions that remain outstanding are Contracting Out, Contracting In, Wage Equity, Inclusions/Exclusions, and Lay off and Displacement.

These are important worker issues. Everything we’re proposing is to improve your job security (which would make residents’ and clients’ care more stable) and to create a more equal environment where everyone is supported.

Carewest has applied for informal mediation. The next time we meet with the employer, we will be in mediation.

Regardless of the next steps we take, your bargaining team will continue to stand behind the improvements you’ve identified as necessary for creating a fairer workplace.

We have also reached out to our Essential Services Agreement (ESA) negotiators to start the ESA process.

Thank you for your patience throughout bargaining. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us – we’re here to keep you informed.

Rene Gripping
Tim Sherba
Denise Kuzyk

Chris Dickson Negotiator
Michelle Szalynski Organizer or 403-634-8262
Celia Shea Communications or 780-720-8122