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Good Samaritan Garden Vista: Essential Services Session

Update for Local 042, Good Samaritan Society Garden Vista

Mar 15, 2023

Please join us on site March 22 from 9 am to 4 pm

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Your Essential Services Officers will be on site to meet with Good Sam Garden Vista (Magrath) members in the Chapel for essential services consultations on Wednesday, March 22 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The provincial government uses essential services legislation to limit our ability to strike and our rights during a strike or lockout. It’s complicated legislation, as is the process of negotiating an Essential Services Agreement (ESA).

But put simply, an ESA lists services that in a time of strike or lockout are needed to protect the life, personal safety or health of the public, or are necessary for the maintenance and administration of the rule of law or public security.

We are concerned the employer may try and list services in the ESA that are not needed to protect safety in order to weaken our bargaining power.

It’s important for you to get involved and participate in the consultations because the input you provide is our most critical resource. Creating an ESA without your feedback would lead to weaker agreements, longer rounds of negotiation, and ineffective strikes.

How to prepare for a consultation

  • If you have it, bring your job description or send it to the Essential Services Officer.
  • Bring a list of the total number of staff in your department/unit, including all classifications and whether there are any vacancies (working short).
  • If you are working short—think of what continues and how you prioritize tasks. · Learn more about Essential Services.

If you have any questions or concerns ahead of the consultations, please contact us at:


Betty Wiebe

Debbie Caplette

Diana Bigelow

Tahera Khalfan


Kate Robinson, Negotiations

Mary Reimer, Organizing

Michelle Szalynski, Organizing

Maureen Mariampillai, Communications

News Category

  • Bargaining updates


  • 042 - The Good Samaritan Society


  • Health care

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