Community Support - Locals 402, 403, and 405 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Approx. Number of Members: 2470
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2018
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Chris Drosdoski
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Tammy Crowe, Local President, Prairie Mountain, Local 402 Cora Meyer, Chief Steward, Prairie Mountain, Local 402 Dana Troke, Chief Steward, Prairie Mountain, Local 403 Shirley Russell, Vice-President, Interlake-Eastern, Local 405
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
Health Care Support Service and Community Support members in Interlake-Eastern RHA and Prairie Mountain Health delivered a resounding strike mandate to their Bargaining Committees on August 31, authorizing them to take job action should it be warranted.
Members have not had a renewed agreement, or any wage increases, since 2017 and 2018. More bargaining dates have been scheduled but if negotiations break down, the Bargaining Committee hopes the government will show support workers the same respect they showed the nurses when they took their strike vote and commit to having a third party arbitrator settle the contract.
The Community Support Bargaining Committee met with the employer committee in spring 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, this round of bargaining must include the merging a number of existing contract provisions into one collective agreement which will apply to all members in the new bargaining units. The Bargaining Committee has worked hard to review all applicable collective agreements in preparation for this work.
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). Essential service agreements for those facilities
still without such an agreement were also discussed. Proposals on other issues, including
benefits, are being held back until the employer shares their full
However, before bargaining began in summer 2021, the Community Support 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 strike vote.
Votes were cast electronically (online) or by phone and counted on August 31, 2021.