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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 - October 30, 2019

posted Oct 30, 2019, 8:41 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Dear Unifor members,

Ratification votes were held on October 28th in Regina and October 29th Saskatoon.

We are pleased to announce the Tentative Agreement has been ratified by the membership.

This was a difficult round of bargaining and negotiations.  It took the most extreme job action of a strike in order to make the gains which we did.  The total compensation cost has exceeded the government mandate.  We have achieved new language and sent a strong message to our employers and Scott Moe about the solidarity of our membership and the strength and resolve of Unifor.

Thank you again for your support of the bargaining committee. 

In solidarity,


Your bargaining committees

Ratification Rules and Schedule - October 23, 2019

posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:41 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Oct 24, 2019, 9:29 AM ]

  1. To be eligible to vote, an individual must be affected by the Collective Agreement (current in-scope employees of DirectWest) and will have to appear on the latest available dues printout or sign a witnessed affidavit which will state that they are affected by the Collective Agreement (in accordance with the Provincial Law). The latter ballots will be placed in a sealed envelope with witnessed affidavits attached to the envelope; the Central Election Committee will make a final decision on the legitimacy of the ballots prior to the ballots being counted.  If the ballot is ruled legitimate, it will be deposited into the sealed ballot box.
  2. Two meetings will be held, one in Regina and one in Saskatoon 
  3. There will be no advance polls.  Individuals will be allowed to vote in any location they wish.  Individuals will only be allowed to vote on one occasion.  If a name has been marked off the voters' list they will have to sign an affidavit and have their ballot sealed for future decision of the Central Election Committee. 
  4. To be eligible to fill out and sign an affidavit, an individual must provide adequate identification (i.e. driver’s license, etc.).  A member of the Locals' standing Election Committee or Returning Officers.must witness affidavits. 
  5. Members with disabilities will be allowed to have another Union Member assist them in marking their ballot. 
  6. A minimum of five (5) days' notice will be given of all meetings.  Such notice will be distributed to Stewards who will post the notices on Union bulletin boards.  The notice will state locations and times of meetings. 
  7. At least one member of a Local's standing Election Committee will be in attendance at each meeting. Standing Election Committee members will be responsible for the ballots and ballot boxes at all times.
  8. Meetings will be structured to include time for a presentation by the Bargaining Committee and questions, answers and comments from the membership. 
  9. Polling stations will open on the completion of the above presentation and question period, or not later than an hour after the scheduled start of the meeting. 
  10. Members do not have to attend the presentation part of the meeting to cast a ballot. They will be able to arrive after this point in the meeting and cast their ballot. 
  11. Only ballots supplied by the Central Election Committee, marked in the correct manner and deposited in one of the sealed ballot boxes will be considered as ballots cast. 
  12. A majority of employees affected by the Collective Agreement who cast ballots shall determine the question of ratification.



Bargaining Update - October 20, 2019

posted Oct 20, 2019, 5:06 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Hi Everyone,

As you know we have reached a tentative agreement at Directwest.  Thank you for your support and solidarity.


All Directwest employees will be returning to work tomorrow, October 21st for regular shifts.

Details regarding the agreements will be made available at ratification meetings.

If there are any questions about your shifts please contact your manager.

 
In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

All Crowns - Bargaining Update - October 18, 2019

posted Oct 18, 2019, 5:38 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Sisters and brothers, 

We have requested binding arbitration for the outstanding compensation.

Please view the following Facebook live video.

In solidarity
You Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - October 17, 2019

posted Oct 17, 2019, 8:53 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Hello sisters and brothers, 

Throughout the day there were numerous meetings and discussions with ALL the Crowns, in the hopes of getting a fair contract for our members.

Discussions were productive and we will resume talks tomorrow morning.

Normal picketing will continue Friday.

Stay tuned for future developments.

In solidarity,

Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update – October 16, 2019

posted Oct 16, 2019, 3:47 PM by Greg Olson

Dear Unifor members,

Today, after 13 days on strike, we have setup a bargaining committee meeting with SaskTel for tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. to work through the outstanding non-monetary issues.  Another crown will also be meeting at 9:00 a.m.  The discussions at these 2 tables will formulate a framework for agreements at the other crown tables.

The last thing is a huge thank you to everyone. All of our committees have been doing an amazing job of organizing and scheduling.  Our lines have been strong.  There has been innovation to stop management, consultants and contractors from doing our work.  You have all stepped up and are doing the best job ever contributing to the strike.  Comments from the national reps about our organization, ability to move lines, moral and more are amazing to hear.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and please stay tuned for further updates.


In solidarity,

 

Your bargaining committee

Bargaining Update - October 10, 2019

posted Oct 10, 2019, 8:51 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Sisters and brothers, 

As we continue our strike with 5000 working class people in Saskatchewan, we received a call from Directwest to meet yesterday.

We discussed the outstanding non-monetary issues and had some monetary discussions as well.  We gave them our position on these issues and talked about what is fair for the employees of Directwest.  They said they are not in a position to give a response and will get back to us.  (i.e.: they need to talk to Scott Moe first)

Our job as a bargaining committee is to get the best deal possible to bring out for a vote.  At this point we don’t even have a complete agreement to bring out.
We are continuing to apply pressure with our 5000 members.  Our National Union is on site with communications staff and 2 of Jerry Dias’s National Assistants.  We are applying extreme pressure onto Scott Moe, who clearly is the problem for everyone.

We understand this is a difficult time being on strike with no paycheque.  Everyone has bills to pay and the fear and anxiety is tremendous.  Sticking together and persevering with solidarity is what will get us through this and get us to a fair Collective Agreement.  This is the time to stand up and remain strong to make some gains and protect our Collective Agreement.  The bargaining committee understands the situation our members are in and will do everything to get to a fair Collective Agreement.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - October 7, 2019

posted Oct 7, 2019, 8:58 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Dear members,

 

A big thank you goes out to everyone for the incredible show of solidarity and support since Friday’s strike action began. Kudos on a job well done today with the continued picket lines along with the escalated actions in Saskatoon, Regina, and Coronach. The provincial government is starting to see that things are not going to be “business as usual” when 5,000 Unifor members across the province take job action.

 

As we said from the beginning, we are going to do whatever it takes to ensure we reach a fair deal in this round of negotiations. Therefore, we are going to keep the pressure on this government to return to the table and begin real negotiations. As part of our continued strategy to bring a resolution to this ridiculous dispute we are going to undertake another radical act as part of our rotating job action. On Tuesday, October 8, starting with the dayshift regular hours, all members are going back to work for at least one day. If you are part time or unaware of your shifts, please contact your supervisor immediately to determine the first shift you will be expected to return to work. We will be continuing to Work to Rule as we did starting September 30.

 

The employer has made painstaking efforts to re-work procedures for a skeleton staff to operate the workplace and prohibit your access. Most members’ electronic keys are deactivated and other key employment tools such as laptops have been returned to the employer. Returning to work on Tuesday will be very disruptive, as many of these procedures will take time to reverse.

 

Please keep in mind that this is a short-term measure. For tactical reasons, we won’t announce when we are returning to the picket line until 24 hours beforehand. We appreciate that this is not a lot of notice for family arrangements, and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we exert incredible pressure on the government to facilitate a speedy resolution to this dispute.

 

As always, please get in touch with your picket captain or bargaining committee if you have any questions.

 

In solidarity,

Bargaining Update - October 2, 2019

posted Oct 2, 2019, 3:20 PM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 8:14 PM ]

Dear members,

With less than 48 hours to go before we commence our potential strike, I’d like to review how we got here and provide a brief update.

As you are aware, the provincial government declared that so-called public sector workers would receive a two-year wage freeze in this round of bargaining.

It must be emphasized that Unifor bargaining committees have been working for months even years to find a resolution terms with the employer that reflect your value as a Crown employee. 

I assure you that every alternative monetary avenue has been explored, and the employer’s negotiators have time and again been forbidden from agreeing to any contract that didn’t freeze wages for two years.

Through various membership meetings and surveys, you have collectively told your bargaining committees that this wage freeze—combined with record levels of precarious work, outsourcing our jobs, and a general decline in the workplace culture in many units—is simply unfair and we must draw a line at what we are willing to put up with.

Enough is enough. Crown workers are through being taken for granted and treated as if their contribution to the province’s utilities and services doesn’t matter. (There is no greater example of this than the attitude of the government appointed negotiators at the Water Security Agency, who has been remarkably disrespectful to the Unifor committee members).

Of course, our goal is not to disrupt the lives of our members or the customers we take pleasure in serving. Our goal is a fair contract. Nothing more, nothing less. That must include wage increases in line with what the premier himself enjoyed in 2019 (+2.3%).

Our campaign for fairness is not about political parties or politicians. We have chosen to highlight Premier Scott Moe as the face of MLA pay increases and the government 0% mandate, but every one of your bargaining committees has maintained a professional tone and a laser focus on what it takes to reach a tentative agreement.

That said, there has been no attempt from the employers to contact Unifor this week to find a resolution. We are ready to bargain—but workers at every one of our Crowns deserves better than the (single) offer we’ve been given for months.

As I mentioned, we are in an unprecedented position of strength for the Crown sector in Saskatchewan. While resolving a strike is never easy, sector-wide solidarity combined with meaningful public outreach will make it impossible for the provincial government to continue disrespecting your contribution to Saskatchewan’s quality of life.

In solidarity,
Jerry Dias

Bargaining Update - September 28, 2019

posted Sep 28, 2019, 11:00 AM by Gail Sawatzky

Dear Unifor members,

As you are likely aware, Unifor bargaining committees representing SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SecurTek, DirectWest, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency filed 48 hours notice of potential job action on Thursday evening. 

They join the Unifor members at SaskTel (who served notice September 17), making a total of six Crowns and an agency in a position for legal job action on Monday, September 30 at 12:01 a.m.

For the past few days representatives from all bargaining committees have been working to try to find a fair collective agreement for all parties. Despite all of our efforts to find a compromise, the government mandate for a two-year wage freeze remains the only offer made by employers.

At all bargaining tables the companies are offering 0%, 0%, 1%, 2% and in some cases and additional year at 2%. No additional monetary offers (eg. pension or lump sums) were considered by employers. 

For these reasons we have been unable to come to a tentative agreement and job action must commence. 

Beginning on Monday, September 30 we will commence job action at all Crown corporations and the Water Security Agency. 

For the first four days the following job actions will be implemented: 
• No overtime
• Disregard the company’s performance targets

Over the next four days, you should not be doing anything over and above the minimum that is required to do your job safely and effectively. Please contact your shop steward or somebody from your bargaining committee for more information.
 
During September 30, and October 1, 2, 3 your bargaining committees will continue to make themselves available for bargaining with the employer. 

If an agreement cannot be reached before Friday, October 4 at 12:01 a.m., Unifor will commence a strike at all seven bargaining units.

Additional communication will follow as the week progresses. 

Friends, our strength is in our coordinated job action across the whole Crown sector. Please share the tactics above with your co-workers and participate to whatever extent is possible in your particular workplace.

A strike on Friday is a last resort, but we are running out of options to achieve the contract Crown workers deserve.

Thank you in advance for your continued support. 

In solidarity,


Your bargaining committees

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