SAIL rejects mediator's report on ending lockout
Supports for Artspace Independent Living or SAIL says recommendations proposed by a mediator to end a 12-week strike and lockout of health care aides will bankrupt the non-profit agency.
In a statement released Friday, SAIL president Roxanne Ulanicki said that the board decided against accepting the report.
“If these recommendations were implemented, we would have a shortfall of $100,000 in the first year and up to $250,000 by 2016,” she said.
SAIL assists about thirty seniors and people with disabilities who live at the Artspace Co-op at 93rd Street and 101A Avenue, east of downtown Edmonton.
Ulanicki said that SAIL is not funded the same way as a continuing care facility. She said more clients are switching to a different model where they receive 1,200 hours of care each month instead of 4,400.
Stafff are currently paid $19.50 an hour. The mediator proposed an increase of just over $24 an hour by 2016. Ulanicki says her best offer is $20 an hour with some benefits.
Ulanicki says both sides need to regroup and then get back to talking.
"We need to create a relationship where we can work with and trust one another," she said. "This entire time it has been very sort of antagonistic.”
The labour dispute started on May 7 when 30 workers represented by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees walked off the job.
The dispute became a lockout on May 16th when SAIL officials refused to let the workers back in after they offered to return to their jobs without a contract.
The dispute now involves 22 workers.