Mon, 28 May 2018
Here is our most recent website update on SGI Bargaining – written by Rhonda Derby
In our opening remarks, we were very clear that we were not there to accept rollbacks or cuts. We have no intention to bargain backwards because of the mismanagement of the Saskatchewan Government.
We met with the Employer Bargaining Team on April 24th and 25th, 2018.
Although we set the table very early on as to the expectations of our Membership, it is clear that our priority proposals (main course) that address many of the staffing issues, are being treated as appetizers.
We left the table hungry as nothing that was served up was palatable to our Bargaining Team!
We have stated that the menu may need to be revised and we may need to serve up a larger portion of proposals. This doesn’t mean that we are changing what we believe are priority, it merely means that in order to move forward, we may need to adjust our approach.
We will remain diligent and strong with our message – NO Cuts! NO Rollbacks!
NDP Caucus Office Letter of Intent has been sent. CBA expired March 31, 2018.
NDP Constituency Assistants Letter of Intent has been sent. CBA expired March 31, 2018.
RM of Alexander expired December 31, 2017. Bargaining did not go well and we were presented a final offer. We took it back to the Members and it was turned down unanimously. We were able to come to another agreement with the Employer and have met with the Members to explain the new offer. The ratification ballot has been sent and is due back May 31, 2018.
U of R Faculty Association expired December 31, 2015. This has recently been ratified.
ATU expired December 31, 2017. With the challenges in Alberta the Members have requested that we forego a year as they feel that at this time it would be concessions if the contract is opened.
CDLC expired December 31, 2017. This has just recently been ratified.
Tri-Union took place May 14 to 16, 2018. This is a conference between COPE 397 – representing SGI, Move Up representing ICBC and MGEU representing MPI. There were about 25 attending. The agenda was Public Insurance. The conference is held every year to 18 months. This conference allows the three unions, who represent workers in the public auto insurance sector in their respective provinces, to share notes and insights and provide updates.
Please see the following News Release from the SFL regarding the repeal of Bill 40: