CUPE Local 4777 has voted with a 96 per cent majority to merge with other health care locals in the province.

Local 4777 president, Helen Sawatsky, is excited to join one strong provincial health care local.

“There is strength in numbers. Merging with our fellow CUPE health care locals will allow us to stand as a united front against the many threats workers are facing in this province,” said Sawatsky.

After thorough discussion at CUPE Health Council executive meetings and consultation with members at the annual conference, each of the five CUPE health care locals served a notice of motion to their respective memberships in June to conduct a vote on merging their locals into one provincial union, as set out in the National CUPE Constitution.

“Now that we will be working with one employer, merging into one provincial union local will provide CUPE with the opportunity to ensure that our collective agreement along with employer policies are applied consistently throughout our workplaces,” says Sandra Seitz, president of the CUPE Health Care Council. “Having 13,600 members uniting in solidarity will make us stronger into the future.”

CUPE Local 5999, representing health services providers working for the Sun Country Health Region, was first out of the gate in holding its merger vote. The merger resolution was approved June 28 by an overwhelming majority (88 per cent) of Local 5999 members voting yes.

The remainder of the merger votes will be conducted as follows:

  • August 3 – Local 5111 (Prairie North Health Region)
  • August 14 – Local 3967 (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region)
  • August 14 – Local 4980 (Sunrise Health Region)

For more information on the proposed merger of CUPE locals, please download the merger backgrounder. Members can also contact their local office or the CUPE Health Care Council office at (306) 546-2185 for more information.