Your bargaining committee met with the employer Sept. 14, with two additional days of bargaining scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

During bargaining, the parties focused on the major “quality of life” issues you wanted addressed in bargaining. These include the sensitive issue of hours of work; elimination of the seven in an hour shift cycle; improving the relief-hour distribution system for part timers who need larger FTEs; to create a fair system for the balancing/anchoring of overtime calculations for all employee categories and to increase the notice period for shift changes.

Although we did not sign off new language for these issues, the union is pleased to report we received meaningful proposals that made the committee feel listened to. Overall your bargaining team looks forward to the next days of bargaining with the employer.

We are committed to advance direct bargaining as long meaningful progress is made. Unlike some other provincial tables, both parties have decided to continue to meet without third party assistance.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Your bargaining committee is:

Bev Hill
Kathy Bandmann
Tammy Dianocky
Mary Watson
Leona Hrabec

Kevin Davediuk, AUPE negotiator