CUPE is proud to welcome employees of three new Moose Jaw group homes into the country’s largest union.
The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board issued a certification order April 2, 2019 for CUPE to represent workers employed by Eden Care Health Inc., which operates the Moose Jaw group homes under the name Eden View. The certification order was issued following the successful secret ballot win by the union in votes counted March 19, 2019.
Altogether, CUPE 5426 will represent over 40 personal support workers and a recreation assistant at the group homes.
The Eden View group homes opened in April 2018. The personal support workers provide care for people with intellectual disabilities who formerly resided at Valley View Centre, which is set to close later this year.
“By joining CUPE, workers at Eden View will now have the support and resources of the largest union in both Saskatchewan and Canada,” said CUPE organizer Guy Marsden. “We were very pleased that these workers turned to CUPE to help them improve their wages and working conditions.”
Marsden says the membership of CUPE 5426 will soon elect an executive and a bargaining committee, which will start work on developing proposals for a first collective agreement.
“CUPE looks forward to negotiating a first contract with Eden View management that fairly compensates our members for the vital work they perform and addresses other key workplace concerns,” said Marsden.
In Saskatchewan, CUPE represents 30,000 members, including 900 workers employed with group home employers and other community-based organizations across the province.