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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

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