Directwest

Directwest is a subsidiary of SaskTel.

There are approximately 60 members in two locations, Regina and Saskatoon.

Bargaining Committee Members

  • Paul Noubarian

  • Sharon Finnik

Updates

Update - October 27, 2022 - Directwest Ratification Vote Results

Re: Ratification Results

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

We are pleased to announce that the Tentative Agreement reached with DirectWest for our Collective

Agreement which expired on March 19, 2022, has been successfully ratified.

The membership turnout and engagement were very good with lots of great questions.

The tentative agreement is a one-year deal expiring March 19, 2023. The agreement includes a wage increase

of 2% retroactive to March 20, 2022.

Thank you for your support of the Bargaining Committee.

In solidarity

Dave Kuntz and the DirectWest Bargaining Committee

President – Unifor Local 1-S

Update - October 17, 2022 - Tentative Agreement Reached / Directwest Ratification Vote

Re: Tentative Agreement Rollout and Ratification Meeting


Greetings Sisters and Brothers,


We are pleased to announce a Tentative Agreement has been reached with Directwest for our Collective Agreement which expired on March 19, 2022.


A rollout meeting and ratification vote will take place on October 26, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The Regina meeting will be at our Union Office Located at 3525 Pasqua St. Saskatoon will join via Webex. At the conclusion of the meeting the ratification vote will take place through an online vote.


Thank you for your support of the Bargaining Committee.


If you have any questions, please contact our Union Office at 306-586-7271 or uniforlocal1s@uniforlocal1s.ca


In solidarity,

Dave Kuntz

President – Unifor Local 1-S

Update - June 16, 2022

Hi all,

Labour Board Challenge

As you know the Collective Agreement for Directwest expired March 19, 2022. We have a meeting scheduled with Directwest on June 27 to discuss how or if we move forward with bargaining as we continue with our federal labour board application.

With Directwest becoming a department in SaskTel, we are challenging Under Section 44 of the Federal Labour Code because we believe this move forms a successorship under the legislation and Directwest should fall under the SaskTel Collective Agreement and certification order because of this.

Grievance Update

At SaskTel we had a policy grievance SC-2021-01 for SaskTel’s Vaccine Policy which was basically the same as our grievance at Directwest DW-2021-01. We agreed to put the Directwest grievance on hold pending the resolve of the SaskTel grievance. We managed to come to a negotiated settlement With SaskTel and this same settlement will apply to the Directwest grievance.

The grievance deals with the reasonableness of the Companies policy specifically timeframes and costs during the time it takes to be compliant if a member wishes to become fully vaccinated.

        • We are pleased to announce we have reached an agreement for Directwest to reimburse certain testing costs relating to employees’ compliance with Directwest's Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

        • Reimbursements will be for valid receipt(s) for an approved test from an approved testing site in compliance with the Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for testing costs from October 6, 2021 - November 17, 2021 inclusive;

        • Directwest will inform eligible employees by sending letters to their home address advising of the process to receive reimbursement.

We will keep you updated as we progress though these issues.

In solidarity

Dave Kuntz

Bargaining Update - March 16, 2022

Hi all,

As you know the Collective Agreement for Directwest expires March 19, 2022. We have put bargaining on hold because of the announcement that Directwest and SecurTek will be moving back into SaskTel as departments. Under Section 44 of the Federal Labour Code we believe this move forms a successorship under the legislation. Our position is that Directwest and SecurTek should fall under the SaskTel Collective Agreement and certification order because of this.

We will keep you updated as we progress though the issue.

In solidarity

Dave Kuntz

COVID Regulations/Policy Update - October 19, 2021

This is to advise that Unifor Locals in the crown sector have filed grievances with our employers regarding the recently announced employer “Vaccination Policy”. These grievances are not seeking to dismiss the policy all together, it is about the unfair timeframes and costs imposed upon employees to become compliant with the policy. We will process the grievances as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you should comply with the policy as currently outlined. If you find yourself in a position that you must miss work or pay for a covid test, please keep detailed records and receipts.

As new information becomes available, we will post updates.

In solidarity,

Dave

COVID Regulations/Policy Update - October 5, 2021

This is to advise that we have concerns around their recent announced declaration of vaccine status “policy”. We have reviewed the policy and will be filing a policy grievance relating to Directwest's Policy.

We have had many questions regarding interpretation of the “policy” or FAQ questions. If you need clarification on interpretation, please email your manager.

In solidarity,

Dave