Bargaining Continues

The employer has changed their bargaining representatives, which led to the cancellation of meetings originally scheduled for Sept. 19, 20, 27 and 28. Bargaining will resume Dec. 5 and 6.

On Aug. 31, Nazma Sayani introduced herself as the new Director, Human Resources at Well Being Services Ltd (Retirement Concepts). This is the employer’s second Director HR since bargaining began. The employer also advised that Iqbal Ali would be their new chief negotiator, but that he was not available in September. The employer requested AUPE send the union’s last tabled proposals.

Little progress was made at our last round of bargaining on June 26 and 27.

We had made some progress on the first day, signing off on the following:

Article 8 Grievance Procedure
Article 10 Probationary Employees and Orientations
Article 24 Discipline, Dismissal and Resignation

However, on June 27 the employer refused to table any counter proposals, saying they believe they have conceded enough.

In addition, despite the fact that your current collective agreement was only ratified following a 284-day lockout, the employer is still maintaining all the proposed rollbacks that were including in their May 18 opening proposals (see reverse for a list of the employer proposed rollbacks).


Negotiating a collective agreement takes time and attention. We appreciate and thank you for your patience and perseverance.

Member mobilization helps maintain momentum during negotiations. You can help by engaging members and energizing your workplace.

Also remember you are legally entitled to union representation. If your employer asks to meet and you feel that you require union representation, make that request before or during the meeting.

If you have any questions, concerns or require representation, please do not hesitate to call Stacey McKenna, your AUPE Membership Services Officer at 1-800-232-7284.

Together, we can bargain a fair contract, but we need your help and solidarity. It is critical that you support your bargaining committee!

Please contact any member of your bargaining committee with your questions, suggestions, ideas or comments.


  • No more union meetings on Employer premises
  • No right to wear union apparel or buttons during working hours
  • Regular part-time employees will not have first preference for available hours
  • Job postings will not include shift schedule information
  • Increase posting process from 3 days to 5 days
  • Delete filling vacancies temporarily with qualified staff or with appropriate training
  • Increase trial period from 2 weeks to 4 weeks
  • Delete distribution of overtime seniority consideration
  • Delete paid rest period options by mutual agreement w/ employee
  • Delete shift rotations not changed or revised without mutual agreement w/union
  • Delete first shift of the day between 2300 and 0715 language
  • Delete Employer considering employee request to work permanent days/evenings/nights shifts
  • Reduce posted shift schedules from 12 weeks to 6 weeks
  • Seniority not practical for short notice absence shift replacement
  • Reduce off-duty between shifts from 15 ½ hours to 12 hours
  • Employer proposing split shifting
  • Tiered formulary for prescription drug reimbursement 80%/50%/20%
  • Delete Flexible Spending Account
  • No paid sick leave for pick up shifts or traded shifts
  • Delete sick leave satisfactory proof Employer request after 2 days or more
  • Reduce parental and maternity leave from 72 week total to 37 weeks
  • Delete bereavement leave of 1 day for close friend or distant relative
  • Delete Employer ensuring employee participation on OHS committee or inspections, hazard identification and control including working alone
  • Delete Professional Responsibility committee addressing resident care and staffing issues


Tammy Holcomb
403-474-7260 or

Carol Haller
403-568-4994 or

Balvinder K Gill

Gurmeet Mann Alternate


John Wevers Negotiator
780-238-4767 or

Michelle Szalynski Organizer
403-634-8262 or

Stacey McKenna Membership Services Officer
1-800-232-7284 or

Merryn Edwards Communications
780-952-1951 or