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Bargaining Update - September 28, 2019

posted Sep 28, 2019, 11:00 AM by Recording Secretary
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