Poseidon Care Centre - Local 81 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Sep 11, 2019
Approx. Number of Members: 180
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Loren Findlay
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Jay Boisvert - President Francisco Ortiz - Chief Steward
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
The union representation votes that have delayed all health care sector bargaining are now complete.
MGEU and the Local 81 Bargaining Committee are committed to getting on with
negotiating a new contract for Local 81 as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for
further updates in September.
Overview of bargaining so far
As of December 31, 2017, even though all HCSS agreements had expired and MGEU Bargaining Committees were ready and eager to get going, negotiations had not begun. Employers — including Beacon Hill, Poseidon, Golden Door, and St. Norbert — were unwilling to schedule bargaining dates.
One issue was that in 2017, the government announced they wanted HCSS workers in each health region to be covered by one union and one collective agreement — but did not proclaim the legislation (Bill 29) until May 2018. During that time, the employers at the private PCHs refused to come to the table until they knew for sure that their employees would not be involved in representation votes. Once the Bill was proclaimed, the MGEU pressured private employers to finally sit down and begin negotiations -- however, they said since public sector negotiations would be delayed due to the Bill 29 union representation votes, private sector bargaining could not begin either.
In 2017, the government also announced that they would not consider giving any public service workers any general pay increase for the first two years of their new contract. This would include all HCSS members who work in public PCHs.
The employers of the private PCHs continue to tell the MGEU that since there is no money for the public PCHs, the private PCHs will not get funding either.
This is not fair. So along with the other unions, the MGEU has formed the Partnership to Defend Public Services. In the fall of 2019, this Partnership will
be challenging the government in court because what they’re doing goes
against Canadian laws – all workers have the right to negotiate a fair
contract, including their wages.
Members of Poseidon Care Centre - Local 81 had the opportunity to share their ideas and proposals for improving the collective agreement at a bargaining proposal meeting in December 2016.
The Bargaining Committee then reviewed these proposals and worked to pull them together into a package to submit to the employer.