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Direct West

DirectWest is a subsidiary of SaskTel.

There are approximately 80 members in two locations, Regina and Saskatoon.
Collective Agreements:
March 17, 2014 - March 19, 2017

Bargaining Update - March 28, 2019

posted Apr 1, 2019, 7:25 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Thank you for your strong showing of support and solidarity on March 19.  We wore our Unifor t-shirts in the workplace; held placards and took pictures.  Solidarity goes hand-in-hand with strength at the bargaining table.

We have met with the employer on March 4, 11,12 and 13. We have yet to make any real progress on non monetary proposals with the employer.  We continue to advance the proposals you have put forward to the bargaining committee.  We have asked repeatedly for the wage package however have yet to receive it.  We meet again on April 25 and 26.  

We are asking to be treated fairly and compensated fairly.  All of you have contributed to the success of Directwest through your hard work and dedication and there is no fairness in return.

There has been much speculation with regards to the declaration of impasse at the SaskTel bargaining table.  Should you have questions on how that potentially may impact you please contact the Local 1-S union office at 306-586-7271

In solidarity

Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update February 22, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 12:49 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Your bargaining committee met with the Company on February 15th.  We met on neutral ground utilizing meeting space at the Delta Hotel to begin detailed discussions of the exchanged proposals.

Both sides had an opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of the other sides position and the reasons for each proposal.

We will review the language from the Company in order to respond at our next meeting scheduled for March 4th.  At that time, we will continue discussion and negotiations.

Thank you for your support.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

October 2 & 3, 2018 - Proposal Screening Caucus

posted Oct 2, 2018, 6:46 AM by Gail Sawatzky

On October 2 & 3 the Bargaining committee and stewards will be meeting to discuss the proposals submitted by the membership for the next round of bargaining.

The proposals will be discussed and those approved by the screening caucus will form the package presented to the company when bargaining for the next collective agreement begins.

Bargaining Update - July 13, 2018

posted Jul 13, 2018, 2:17 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jul 15, 2018, 6:55 PM ]

As you are aware our DirectWest Collective Agreement will expire March 19, 2019.  The original expiry date was March 19, 2017 and has been extended twice to maintain existing language and benefits with no 3.5% rollback of wages and benefits.

Our plan is to go into full negotiations with the company as there are potential strategic advantages.

The first part of the process will be to gather new proposals from you the members to determine priorities as we enter bargaining.

The second part will be a screening caucus in the fall to review all proposals and put together a final list of proposals to be exchanged with the company.

The last part will be the exchange of proposals and the beginning of bargaining with DirectWest.

Proposal gathering will be open from July 16, 2018 to September 14, 2018.  

The forms will be available on our Local 1-S website.  Please fully complete the forms and ensure they are submitted on time.  

If you have any questions, please contact the local office – 306-586-7271 or email

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - DirectWest – January 25, 2018

posted Jan 28, 2018, 5:11 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 5:11 PM ]

As per the Saskatchewan Employment Act, notice to begin bargaining must be served by either the employer or the Union 60 days prior to the expiration of the Collective Agreement.  As you’ll recall, the DirectWest Collective was extended for 1 year from March 19, 2017.  This meant the new expiration date would be March 19, 2018.

Notice to bargain for the March 19, 2018 contract needed to be given by January 18, 2018.  This notice was not given by either party which extends the contract by another year.  The new expiry date for the DirectWest Collective Agreement will be March 19, 2019.  All benefits and language in the Collective Agreement will remain as is.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update June 14, 2017

posted Jun 14, 2017, 11:13 AM by Greg Olson   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 11:13 AM by Gail Sawatzky ]

The Bargaining Committee met with DirectWest on June 13th to further discuss cost containment.  The Bargaining Committee clearly stated we will not make any changes to our Collective Agreement.  We have a closed Collective Agreement and no mandate from our membership to make changes.

However, we also stated we are willing to discuss, help and provide ideas for the company to save money and increase revenue and dividends paid to the government outside of the Collective Agreement.

It is important to remember, we are a revenue source for the government.  We are not an expense.  The source of the savings from DirectWest should be irrelevant and not be limited as the SaskParty government wants.  The Bargaining Committee wants to help DirectWest and we have provided many ideas and solutions outside of cuts to your wages and benefits.

We have no confirmed dates for the next cost containment meetings at this time.

We appreciate all your support at rally’s, writing letters to MLA’s, signing petitions and sharing information through social media.  Please stay tuned for additional actions you can participate in to continue the pressure on MLA’s and fight back against the mean-spirited austerity cuts of this government and the privatization through Bill 40.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Special Meeting - May 18, 2017

posted May 12, 2017, 7:52 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated May 12, 2017, 7:52 AM ]

We are having a Special DirectWest Member meeting on May 18th at 5:30 pm.
Regina – Union Office – 3525 Pasqua Street
Saskatoon – To be announced
We will be discussing the current cost containment situation.
It is important for as many members as possible to attend.  Let your members know about this meeting and please ensure members are aware and understand the importance of attending. 

In Solidarity

Bargaining Update - April 20, 2017

posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:29 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 6:29 PM ]

Your Bargaining Committee met with DirectWest on April 19th regarding cost containment.  

DirectWest provided our Bargaining Committee with detailed information of cost containment areas for consideration.  These areas included wage rollbacks, unpaid days off and reduction in time worked each day.

Consultation is important for our Union, and an obligation for our Union.  We are willing to listen to and discuss DirectWest’s requests regarding cost containment.

It is important to remember we have a closed Collective Agreement which was negotiated in good faith, approved by the government and ratified by you, the membership, and which carries on until March 19, 2018.  There is no mandate to open our Collective Agreement and any changes would be subject to a ratification vote by our members.

The Bargaining Committee will review, analyze and discuss the information provided by DirectWest.  The specific details will not be released to protect the integrity of the consultation process.

We have a follow-up meeting tentatively scheduled for the week of June 12th and a caucus scheduled for April 27th.

In Solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - March 27,2017

posted Mar 27, 2017, 2:47 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 2:47 PM ]

DirectWest has requested a Cost Containment meeting with our Union.  Our Union Bargaining Committee will caucus on April 18th.  The Cost Containment meeting with DirectWest will take place on April 19th.  We will provide an update following the meeting.
In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - February 17, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 5:12 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 5:12 PM ]

Our DirectWest Collective agreement is set to expire March 19, 2017.  As you may be aware there has been a lot of media coverage around the provincial deficit and related wage mandates of zero percent over 4 years with additional concessions and claw-backs from Collective Agreements in other Crown Corporation and government sectors.

The bargaining committee discussed the situation and decided to not send a notice to bargain to DirectWest within the 60 day minimum and 120 day maximum time frame, from the expiry of our Collective Agreement, as per Section 6-26(2) of the Saskatchewan Employment Act.  It is important to note, both parties have the right to give notice during this period and DirectWest chose not to give notice either.

Since notice was not given by either party section 6-39(1) of the Saskatchewan Employment act takes effect allowing the Collective Agreement to remain in force from year to year.  This means our Collective Agreement will remain in effect as a closed Collective Agreement until March 19, 2018.

As you may be aware a “Cost Containment” meeting was held between SaskTel and Unifor on February 14th.  Some of the suggestions SaskTel presented and asked the Union to consider are as follows:
  • Freeze in wage progression
  • Eliminate our 2017 increase of 1.65% and 2018 1.2%
  • Lump sum payments from Health Spending Account - $210 – 2017, $490 – 2018 – which is our own money
  • Changing the rate of over-time pay from double time to time and a half
  • Additional unpaid leave – up to 5 extra days off a year without pay
  • Reduction in the hours worked per day with associated pay decrease
DirectWest has requested a similar meeting with the DirectWest bargaining committee.  A date for this meeting has not been established.

We will keep you informed of any meetings with DirectWest.

In Solidarity

Your Bargaining Committee

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