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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