First ever health care council telephone town hall huge success

Over 1,000 health care providers participated in the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council’s first ever telephone town hall.

This innovative technology allowed for the council to invite every member with a working phone number to a one hour meeting about bargaining. Participants heard updates from president, Sandra Seitz, and CUPE health care coordinator, Patty Brockman.

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

Your CUPE Bargaining Committee resumed collective bargaining with SAHO May 30-31 and June 1, 2017 in Regina.

As reported in our last communique, SAHO tabled a common proposal package with CUPE, SEIU-West, and SGEU which contains a sweeping list of concessions and takeaways.

SAHO’s bargaining package sets out a four-year collective agreement that includes an overall reduction in compensation costs of 4.09 percent. This includes a wage rollback of one percent in 2017-2018 and three consecutive years of zero percent increases. SAHO was clear with the Provider Coalition that the wage reduction in the first year could be higher if SAHO’s monetary concessions are removed from the table. More details on SAHO’s proposals can be found in our document CUPE Health Care Bargaining: Understanding the Proposals, which can be found on our website.

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

Your CUPE Bargaining Committee and our Provider Coalition partners commenced collective bargaining with SAHO on May 25, 2017 in Regina.

SAHO tabled a common proposal package with CUPE, SEIU-West, and SGEU. The parties then broke off to their individual tables, where each union tabled its own proposal package with a separate SAHO bargaining committee.

We can confirm that we are in for a very tough round of bargaining. SAHO’s proposal package includes numerous monetary concessions that are reflective of the provincial government’s mandate of a 3.5 per cent reduction in public sector compensation costs for 2017-2018, followed by three years of consecutive zero per cent increases.

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The CUPE Health Care Council and our Provider Coalition partners met with representatives of SAHO on May 3, 2017 to finalize the bargaining logistics meeting that was cut short on March 7.

The following dates have been confirmed for collective bargaining: May 25, 30, 31, June 1, 13, and 14.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The 20th Annual CUPE Health Care Council of Unions Conference was held from May 16 to 18, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Elections were held for the position of President and Recording Secretary; both positions are for a two year term.

Regina - Bev Strachan, the president of CUPE 8920, who represents health care workers in Nova Scotia, is in Saskatchewan sharing her experience with Nova Scotia’s rushed health authority merger.

In April 2015, the Nova Scotia government created one provincial health authority. A recent paper written by a group of medical professionals said the new superboard “isn’t agile enough to respond to local needs and is subject to political interference.”

REGINA: Today, delegates at the annual CUPE Health Care Council Conference elected Weyburn resident Sandra Seitz as the new president for the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council.

Seitz is the president of CUPE Local 5999 and has been involved with the CUPE Health Care Council since 2003. She started her career as a continuing care aid at Tatagwa View long term care facility. She has been active with the union for 30 years and is passionate about health and safety, tackling workload, and improving public health care for everyone.

This week is National Nursing Week. The Saskatchewan government has proclaimed May 12 as Continuing Care Assistants Day and May 13 as Licensed Practical Nurses Day

CUPE Licensed Practical Nurses and Continuing Care Assistants are key members of the nursing team. It is an important time to recognize the tremendous work CUPE members do every day to deliver high quality patient care as part of the nursing team.

April 27, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The CUPE Health Care Council and our provider coalition partners met with representatives of the Ministry of Health and SAHO on April 12, 2017 to discuss the possible establishment of a bargaining association to help stabilize labour relations with the transition to one provincial health authority (PHA).

The coalition provided the Ministry and SAHO representatives with a document outlining the principles for a health services providers bargaining association which would encompass CUPE, SEIU, and SGEU.

Medical laboratory professionals are a critically important part of the health care team. They sort, prepare, and analyze samples from a variety of tissue and fluid samples to provide accurate and timely information that helps guide medical decisions.

CUPE medical laboratory professionals work hard every day, but during National Medical Laboratory Week let's show the public what medical laboratory professionals do, and show our support for this important work!

CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council's Medical Diagnostic Technologists and Technicians Committee is bringing awareness to the vital role these medical professionals perform on a daily basis.