It has been almost 8 weeks since 45 union workers at a group home in Outlook, Sask. were locked out.
SEIU-West President, Barb Cape, says a rally was held on Tuesday with members travelling from across the province to support the employees.
Strike notice was served after 4 years without a contract, with the intent to strike only as a last-resort and then the employer enacted a lockout. Cape says the sticking-point is the wage.
“Quite frankly, 17-bucks an hour for this sort of work – and it’s heavy and it’s hard and it’s challenging to the heart and soul,” Cape said in an interview with 620 CKRM News following the rally. “We want the public to understand and support us in the notion that people should make a living wage. And that’s not a living wage for this work.”
The union has been called back to the bargaining table.
Cape says the lockout of the Direct Care Workers of Variety Place means 25 residents had to be relocated and another 5 clients involved in day programs no longer have access.