The SEIU West Collective Agreement 2017: What You Need to Know
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) West is one of the largest unions in Western Canada, representing more than 13,000 health care workers. In 2017, SEIU West negotiated a new collective agreement with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) for its members.
The SEIU West Collective Agreement 2017 covers a wide range of topics, including wages, benefits, and working conditions. Here are some of the key provisions:
1. Wages: The new agreement provides for a 7.6% increase in wages over four years, with a 1.9% increase each year. This is a significant improvement over the previous agreement, which only provided for a 1% increase per year.
2. Benefits: The new agreement includes improvements to benefits, including an increase in the hearing aid benefit and a new vision care benefit. The agreement also allows for additional time off for workers who have experienced domestic violence.
3. Working Conditions: The new agreement includes improvements to working conditions, such as additional paid time off for bereavement and the introduction of a new personal leave day.
4. Job Security: The new agreement provides for job security for workers, with a commitment from employers to maintain current staffing levels. The agreement also includes provisions for the creation of new positions as needed.
5. Workplace Health and Safety: The new agreement includes improvements to workplace health and safety, such as increased training and the establishment of a joint committee to address workplace safety issues.
Overall, the SEIU West Collective Agreement 2017 represents a significant improvement for health care workers in Saskatchewan. The agreement provides for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, as well as greater job security and workplace safety. As SEIU West continues to advocate for its members, we can expect to see more positive developments in the future.