Negotiations Progress for Kaybob Employees

As most of those who have worked in Alberta for any amount of time know, the economy has hit another difficult downturn. On September 29th and 30th the employees of Encana Kaybob Lodge and their employer, CIVEO Premium Services Employees LP, sat down to negotiate a brand new Union Contract.

The union’s negotiating committee, which included Catherine Small, Amadou Toure, both from housekeeping, and Ganesh Subramony from the kitchen, who all did a fantastic job representing the needs of their co-workers at Kaybob Lodge.

Negotiations are far from over, however, and the two sides have made significant strides in bettering the working lives of Encana Kaybob Lodge employees. UFCW Local 401 and the company have so far been able to find agreement on:

  • Union security
  • Grievance procedure
  • Job classification
  • Vacations entitlement and pay
  • Probationary periods
  • Promotions and vacancies
  • Safety
  • Absence from work
  • Bereavement leave
  • Clothing and tool allowances
  • Development of a Union/Management Committee
  • No discrimination provisions
  • And other important employee rights!

Once the negotiating committee is satisfied with an overall package, Kaybob employees will have a chance to go over the proposed new Union Contract (called a “Memorandum of Agreement”) and ask questions. Once the employees have had time to scrutinize the proposed Agreement, they will have the final vote on whether it becomes their first Union Contract.

The company praised the employees for their great work and have been very vocal about all of the hard work employees of Kaybob Lodge do every day. These employees work so hard and provide great quality of service, and the union knows they need to be rewarded for their efforts. It is time for the employees at Kaybob Lodge to get what they’re owed: respect, representation, and protection at work.

The next set of negotiations is scheduled for October 27th, 28th and 29th, and both parties look forward to making more progress!

Sincerely and in solidarity,


The Negotiating Committee