Bargaining with Elmwood Residences not going smoothly: SEIU-West

SEIU-West said Elmwood Residences has agreed to resume bargaining on some issues, but is insisting on no wage increase. File / Global News

Negotiations between Elmwood Residences and its employees are not going smoothly, according to the union representing the staff.

It’s been over a week since members of Service Employees International Union-West (SEIU-West) moved forward with a limited job action strike notice.

The union said the company that runs a dozen group homes for adults with disabilities in Saskatoon has agreed to resume bargaining, but added Elmwood wouldn’t present a proposal unless SEIU-West presents an offer without a wage increase to its members for a vote.

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The union said workers have been without a wage increase for more than four years, which is why limited job action was implemented.

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The limited job action takes away such services as transportation for recreational activities.

Last week, Elmwood Residences filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board against the union. The company said SEIU-West should have identified essential services that were to be maintained during a strike.

SEIU-West said patients would not be at risk due to the job action.

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