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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 - August 14, 2019

posted Aug 14, 2019, 7:50 AM by Gail Sawatzky

We now have August 28th scheduled for mediation with the provincial mediator.

We are continuing the pressure with Blue Shirt Wednesday’s.  Please show your continued support and wear your blue “Stand up for crown workers” t-shirts every Wednesday.

We will provide additional updates following mediation.

In Solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - July 31, 2019

posted Jul 31, 2019, 11:01 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Sisters and Brothers,

Strong majority of Unifor members at Directwest voted in favour of a strike.

Congratulations to everyone for a strong show of support and solidarity! 

The votes have been counted and you have said yes to giving the bargaining committee a mandate and the ability to call a strike, if necessary. 
A provincial mediator has been assigned to assist and meeting dates are being determined in August to resume negotiations.

The bargaining committee is seeking improvements to several non-monetary items including the Sales Compensation plan, Performance Improvement Plans as well as fair compensation. 

“We’re hopeful that an agreement can be reached and service disruptions to the public will be avoided,” said Local 1S President Dave Kuntz. 

SaskTel subsidiary SecurTek voted in favour of a strike last month and SaskTel members voted in favour of strike July 22.  Workers at all seven crown corporations have expired contracts. 

SaskTel reported net profits of $127 million in the last fiscal year including profits from subsidiaries, Directwest and SecurTek. This spring, the Premier and Saskatchewan MLAs received a 2.3% cost of living increase. Unifor billboards in Regina and Saskatoon deliver the message: Premier Moe and MLAs -- If 2.3% is good enough for you, it’s good enough for me. 

In Solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - July 22, 2019 - Strike Vote

posted Jul 22, 2019, 2:47 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 7:48 AM ]

We will be conducting a strike vote meeting on July 30th, 2019.  No job action is planned at this time.  We have no meetings scheduled with Directwest at this time and have declared an impasse in bargaining.  The bargaining committee needs your support to move negotiations forward. 

There will be a meeting in conjunction with the vote to discuss the most current offer from the Company. 
Location: Regina
Unifor Local 1-S Office
3525 Pasqua St.

Location: Saskatoon
Saskatoon Travelodge
106 Circle Drive West 
(Conference call at the same time from meeting location)

Date:                    July 30, 2019

Time:                   5:30 p.m. – Meeting, Q&A, Voting
7:00 p.m. – Polls close

You must be in attendance to vote.  There is no proxy voting or advance polls.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - May 31, 2019

posted Jun 2, 2019, 8:14 PM by Gail Sawatzky

We met with the Company today, continuing our discussion on monetary and non-monetary issues.  While there has been some agreement on some of the non-monetary issues, there continues to be a general message of “Not Interested” from Directwest on important bargaining issues brought forward by the membership.  Wages and compensation are a big priority from the membership.  The monetary wage discussions have been the most disappointing part of negotiations. 
We are asking for fair wages and this does not appear to be an option from Directwest.

With that being said, we are officially declaring an impasse at the bargaining table.

We are writing up the impasse under the legislation of the Saskatchewan Employment Act.  The labour minister will review the impasse and appoint a mediator as a third party to help us negotiate to get a fair Collective Agreement.

We will keep you updated as we get more news on the mediator appointment and mediation dates.

Thank you for all the support and solidarity you have shown for the bargaining committee during this round of bargaining.  Fairness is a basic principle which everyone deserves, including the employees of Directwest.  Please continue the chatter and discussions with your co-workers, family and friends about fairness in collective bargaining for crown corporation workers.

In solidarity

Your Bargaining Committee

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

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