The Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28) Update

September 26, 2017

The Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28) Update

Further to my previous correspondence on the aforementioned bill, I wanted to personally reach out to all of you in the assisted living sector to provide you with a brief update on its status.

As you know, Bill 28 was passed in early June 2017, however, it has yet to be proclaimed into law. What this means is that we are still in unknown territory regarding the fact that we have a new regulation that is not yet enforceable. Furthermore, any attempts made by your union and all the agencies unionized under us to confirm if this law actually applies to your sector have all been met by non-committal answers from any government level that was approached so we basically don’t know if we will be impacted by it.

Regardless of that fact, a number of Union’s (including UFCW Local 832) banded together over the summer and took legal action against the government to oppose Bill 28. This process is still ongoing and will continue over the next several months as this legal battle progresses through the steps of the court. We have also filed an injunction against Bill 28, which means that we could prevent the Bill from actually taking effect. The court injunction process may take a number of months to complete.

Although we are in a very difficult position, this does not mean we are not trying to do everything we can to stop this fundamental lapse in judgment from this new government but unfortunately there are individuals in government that do not see an issue with taking away workers right to collective bargaining fair and reasonable contracts.

In terms of how your respective collective agreements are being bargained under these difficult circumstances, you will be receiving regular communications on each process by your assigned negotiator who will be able to give you an update on the challenges that each situation presents.

Should you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 204-786-5055 or at


In Solidarity,

Martin Trudel
Director of Negotiations

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