SMS Tentative Agreement Reached

Publish date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023

SMS - St. Margaret's School

May 29 - The bargaining committee is very happy to announce that a tentative agreement was reached through mediation. We believe your strong strike vote and continued actions of support and solidarity enabled us to achieve the mandate you provided. Please plan on attending one of the ratification meetings on May 31, details have been emailed to all members. 

Read the highlights of the tentative agreement here (member login is required). 

Ratification Vote Timeline
Voting on ratification of the tentative agreement will open on May 30 at 4:00 p.m. and close on June 6 at noon. Scrutineering will take place at 12:30 p.m. on June 6, and the results will be announced that afternoon.

Members will receive an email from the PEA with their voting credentials to their preferred email address tomorrow at 4 p.m. along with the full tentative agreement. The email will contain a link to the voting site and your unique credential information (login and password). 

If you do not receive the email from Simply Voting, please check your junk mail folder. If it isn't there please contact the PEA via email or by calling 1-800-779-7736 ext # 200. Adding to your address book can facilitate the delivery of your voting credentials.

Wednesday Coffee and Treats
Please enjoy coffee and treats as a thank you from us this Wednesday morning in the junior and senior buildings, kitchen, and Pearce House. 

Thank you again for all of your support. We are unanimously recommending ratification of this tentative agreement. 

Mike Keddy
Cory Steadman
Bev Waterfield
Rhiannon Bray, Labour Relations Officer

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