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SecurTek is a subsidiary of SaskTel.

SecurTek is the leading provider of innovative security monitoring solutions and event related information services in North America, with 100,000 customers across Canada. Whether you seek home or business solutions, you can count on SecurTek to meet or exceed the highest industry standards in customer service, call overflow capabilities, and best practices in alarm response procedures and built-in system redundancies. SecurTek earned the Five Diamond Certification for superior monitoring service awarded by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA). SecurTek monitoring stations are Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) certified

There are approximately 80 members in Yorkton.
Collective Agreements:

Current Agreement 2013 - 2017



Bargaining Update - October 7, 2019

posted Oct 7, 2019, 8:59 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, 3:21 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, 11:01 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

Bargaining Update - September 27, 2019

posted Sep 27, 2019, 3:36 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Sisters and brothers, 

All 7 Crown Corporation Bargaining Committees have been meeting with their respective employers over the past 2 days.  We are currently reviewing the information which has been provided and evaluating next steps.

Please watch for a more detailed update tomorrow.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - September 26, 2019

posted Sep 26, 2019, 7:22 PM by Gail Sawatzky

Sisters and brothers,
 
Bargaining committees at seven Unifor Crowns met with their respective employers today (September 26). 
 
The government’s mandate of an up-front two-year wage freeze is still their offer. There was some progress in their wage offer in the later years. As a result of the grossly insufficient offer, your bargaining committee has served 48 hours notice of job action. 
 
We are presenting a new offer this evening and we will continue negotiations for the next three days. If a collective agreement cannot be reached, job action can legally begin at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 30—the same time for all seven Unifor units.

In solidarity

Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - September 23, 2019

posted Sep 23, 2019, 9:02 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Sep 23, 2019, 9:05 AM ]

Sisters and brothers,
We will continue negotiations on September 26 and 27 in Regina.  The employer has confirmed they will be in attendance to continue negotiations.  Our priority is a fair wage increase for our members.

Strike votes were counted Thursday September 19th for SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. All delivered a strong strike mandate to their respective bargaining committees. They join SaskTel, SecurTek, and Directwest in a legal strike position bringing the total to 7 Unifor Crown Corporations.

 “Scott Moe is steering Saskatchewan towards a major service disruption,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “All because he refuses to grant Crown workers the same pay increase that he gave himself.”
 “Scott Moe saw fit to give himself a 2.3% wage increase, so it’s certainly unfair to ask Saskatchewan’s hard-working Crown workers to swallow a wage freeze,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.  
Jerry Dias will be joining negotiations with all 7 Crown Corporations on September 26 after a 10 a.m. news conference at the Hotel Saskatchewan.

As always, we remain optimistic and focused on a fair deal for our members
Please continue to wear your blue “stand up for crown workers” t-shirts every Wednesday. 

In Solidarity, 
Your Unifor Bargaining Committee


Bargaining Update - September 12, 2019

posted Sep 12, 2019, 12:18 PM by Gail Sawatzky

The Union and the Employer have signed a Letter of Understanding on a Maintenance of Activities Agreement.  This agreement is in effect during a strike or lockout situation.

We have agreed to continuation of services for Alarm Monitoring, Operator Services and Technical Support that would cause an immediate and serious danger to the safety and health of the public.  The Company will endeavor to deal with all situations prior to contacting the Union.  Where it is necessary to dispatch members to restore a service the Company will provide the details of the situation to the Union and both parties will work to dispatch qualified bargaining union members.  If the Union and Company do not agree on a particular situation there is an expedited arbitration process to resolve the disagreement.

No further bargaining dates are currently scheduled.  We will keep you updated of any changes or meetings.

Once again, we want to thank the membership for the strong showing of support and solidarity for the strike mandate.

Please continue to show your support by wearing your “stand up for crown employees” t-shirts on Wednesdays.

In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update - June 26, 2019

posted Jun 26, 2019, 9:28 AM by Gail Sawatzky

With the impasse and breakdown of bargaining at the SecurTek bargaining table, the Union conducted a strike vote on June 25th to obtain a strike mandate from the membership.

We are pleased to announce the members of SecurTek have provided the bargaining committee with an overwhelmingly strong strike mandate.  This support will give the bargaining committee the leverage needed to move bargaining forward, knowing the support of the membership is strong and with a great showing of solidarity.

The next steps of bargaining will be to deal with essential services.

SecurTek is claiming their company is an essential service under the provincial essential services legislation.  The Union does not accept the company’s assertions that SecurTek falls under this legislation.  This assertion has been made by SecurTek in the past and they withdrew prior to any tribunal hearings.

SecurTek has a satellite office in Winnipeg staffed with approximately 15 non-management and management personnel.  They perform the same duties regarding alarm response the Yorkton Union members perform.  In Yorkton they have approximately 30 management staff.  This is sufficient to deal with any potential labour dispute.  Customers of SecurTek will still have access to all 911 and emergency services the same as any person. The Union will continue to challenge SecurTek’s assertions of essential service.  SecurTek is currently reviewing the situation and will let the Union know in a short time frame whether they will be withdrawing their assertion or challenging the Union under the essential services legislation.

We will keep you updated on the progress.
Once again, we want to thank the membership for the strong showing of support and solidarity for the strike mandate.
In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Update / Strike Vote - June 12, 2019

posted Jun 13, 2019, 6:04 AM by Gail Sawatzky   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 9:06 AM ]

We will be conducting a strike vote meetings on June 25th, 2019.  No job action is planned at this time.  We are scheduled to continue discussion with SecurTek and 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:             Gallagher Centre – Ravine Room
                            455 West Broadway Street East
                            Yorkton

Date:                    June 25, 2019

Time:                   11:30 am to 1:30 pm – Meeting, Q&A, Voting

                             5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Meeting, Q&A, Voting

You must be in attendance to vote.  There is no proxy voting.
In solidarity on behalf of your bargaining committee

Bargaining Update - June 5, 2019

posted Jun 8, 2019, 10:16 AM by Gail Sawatzky

We met with the provincial mediator on June 3, 2019 at 10:00 am in Yorkton.  Both sides explained the major outstanding issues to the mediator.  The mediator then separated both sides and began discussions with the Union.  We prepared a bargaining pass for SecurTek.  The mediator left us and took the bargaining pass to the company to discuss.  The Company did not respond to the Union’s pass, instead they released the mediator from his duties, which either party may do under the Sask Employment Act, ending the mediation process after only 4 to 5 hours or so.

We are disappointed with SecurTek and their lack of commitment to utilize the provincial mediator to help us achieve a fair Collective Agreement.

We did manage to secure additional dates to possibly meet with SecurTek on June 25 and 26.

We will be scheduling strike vote meetings to take to the bargaining table to show the strength and solidarity of the membership in an effort to achieve a fair Collective Agreement.

Please continue to wear your “Stand up for Crown Workers” t-shirts in the workplace.  Keep up the chatter and discussion about issues with your co-workers, friends and families.

Thank you for your strong showing of support for the bargaining committee.
In solidarity
Your Bargaining Committee

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