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Good Sam Society - Millwoods Care Centre: Essential Services Session

Bargaining Update for Local 042, Good Samaritan Society Millwoods Care Centre Members

Feb 03, 2023

Join us on-site on February 10 from 9 AM to 5 PM

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Your Essential Services Officers will be on-site for Millwoods Care Centre Essential Services Consultations on Friday, February 10 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the Multi-Purpose Room. 

The provincial government uses their Essential Services Legislation to limit our ability to strike and our rights during a strike or lockout. It’s complicated legislation, as is the process of negotiating an Essential Services Agreement, or ESA. 

Put simply, an ESA lists those services that in a time of strike or lockout are needed to protect the life, personal safety or health of the public, or are necessary to the maintenance and administration of the rule of law or public security. We are concerned the employer may try and list services in the ESA that are not needed to protect safety in order to weaken our bargaining power. 

It’s important for you to get involved and participate in the consultations because the input you provide is our most critical resource. Creating an ESA without your feedback would lead to weaker agreements, longer rounds of negotiation, and ineffective strikes. 

How to prepare for a consultation 

  • If you have it, bring your job description or send it to the Essential Services Officer. 

  • Bring a list of the total number of staff in your department/unit, including all classifications and whether there are any vacancies (working short). 

  • If you are working short—think of what continues and how you prioritize tasks. 

  • Learn more about Essential Services. 

If you have any questions or concerns ahead of the consultations, please contact us at: 


Betty Wiebe 

Debbie Caplette 

Diana Bigelow 

Tahera Khalfan 


Kate Robinson, Negotiations 

Mary Reimer, Organizing 

Michelle Szalynski, Organizing 

Maureen Mariampillai, Communications 

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