Bargaining continues

On May 8 and 9, your bargaining team and the employer met to exchange monetary proposals. We came to the table asking for fair salary increases; unfortunately, the employer did not make any wage offers.

We know your salary is important to you, so it’s frustrating to see the employer dismiss it. Nevertheless, over the two days of bargaining, we were able to present our positions on other monetary items, including improvements to vacation leave and pension contributions.

Employee Management Advisory Committee
We continued to discuss our issues with the Employee Management Advisory Committees (EMACs), which we identified at the last bargaining meetings in April, and expanded on the improvements we discussed then.

We have proposed clear mandates for the EMACs, to serve as a place where:
• Members and the employer work collaboratively
• Both parties engage in open dialogue about health and other operational issues with the intention of resolving them
• The employer communicates important policy changes and other workplace initiatives

June Bargaining Dates
On June 27, 28 and 29 we will return to the table where we’ll continue to push conversations about the issues that matter most to you, including contracting out, staffing, scheduling and workload.

We proposed getting an outside expert’s advice on problems with these items and possible solutions, such as a plan to optimize the use of full-time positions.

The valuable care services you provide every day are the heart and backbone of seniors’ communities across Alberta; your collective agreement should support your wellbeing while you deliver them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of your bargaining team.

Betty Wiebe
Debbie Caplette
Diana Bigelow
Tahera Khalfan
Danalee McQuitty
Toni Zatorski

Jason Rattray Negotiator
Michelle Szalynski Organizer
403-634-8262 or
Celia Shea Communications
780-720-8122 or