Tentative deal mediated for HEU members at Kamloops Seniors Village

Union’s bargaining committee recommends acceptance when workers vote on three-year tentative settlement on August 25
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HEU’s bargaining committee reached atentative contract yesterday with Retirement Concepts’ subsidiary Well-BeingSeniors’ Services Ltd. – operators of Kamloops Seniors Village – with the helpof Labour Relations Board mediator Mark Atkinson.

The August 10session was to move negotiations forward in achieving a first contract, orestablish essential services levels. Members had delivered a strong strikemandate in July – with 94.6 per cent voting in favour of job action.

HEU represents about 100 health care workersat the residential care facility in Kamloops,including care aides, licensed practical nurses, recreation aides, andreception and maintenance workers. They had been seeking improvements to wagesand benefits, as well as job security language.

Details of thethree-year tentative agreement will not be made public until members have achance to review and vote on the contract.

Workers at Kamloops Seniors Villagejoined the HEU in August 2009 andserved notice to bargain shortly after. Negotiations have been difficult fromthe start with an LRB-appointed mediator brought in to assist in March 2010.Mediation broke down on June 14, followed by the strike vote and the union’srequest to the LRB for further assistance.

Retirement Concepts is one of the largest private,for-profit residential care operators in B.C., with 16 assisted living andlong-term care facilities located across the province.