Health Care Support Services - Locals 413, 421 and 456 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Approx. Number of Members: 3,025
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Angela Eilers
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Shelly Rougeau, Local President, Interlake-Eastern, Local 413 Holly Arthur, Chief Steward, Interlake-Eastern, Local 413 Robert Long, Chief Steward, Prairie Mountain, Local 421
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
Care Support Service and Community Support members in Interlake-Eastern
RHA and Prairie Mountain Health delivered resounding strike mandates
to their Bargaining Committees on August 31, authorizing them to take
job action should it be warranted.
Overview of 2021 Bargaining So Far
The HCSS Bargaining Committee met with the employer committee in April 2021 to talk about bargaining and how
to proceed after significant delays, including the representation votes and the global pandemic.
As a result of the representation votes, negotiations must include the merging of a number of existing contract provisions into one collective agreement which will apply to all members in the new bargaining units. Over the past several months, the Bargaining Committee has been working hard to review all applicable collective agreements in preparation for this work.
The Committee and the employer agreed to begin discussing a
number of issues which have to do with employment processes common to all current agreements (but may be different in each), as well as essential service agreements for those facilities still without such an agreement. Proposals on other issues, including wages and
benefits, are being held back until the employer shares their full proposal
However, before bargaining began in summer 2021, the Health Care Support Services Bargaining Committee decided to ask the membership for a strike mandate.
For example, seniority rights were threatened and the employer refused to talk about wages and benefits.
For this reason, support workers in other regions were also asked to provide their bargaining committee with a strike mandate.
Providing a strike mandate does not necessarily mean members will go on
strike. The intention is that a third party arbitrator will intervene
and assist at the bargaining table, if necessary. This is the
arrangement that nurses were given after they took a
Votes were cast electronically (online) or by phone and counted on August 31, 2021.