April 11, 2017 - Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

On March 28, 2017, the provincial government introduced Bill 53 – The Provincial Health Authority Act and Bill 54 – The Provincial Health Authority Consequential Amendment Act, 2017 in the Saskatchewan Legislature.

Your CUPE Health Care Council is pleased that Bill 53 makes clear that agreements, including collective agreements, with existing health regions will continue to apply to the provincial health authority (PHA). Also, any “claim, cause of action or proceeding” brought against an existing regional health authority, such as a grievance, will continue against the PHA.

March 9, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

CUPE, SEIU, and SGEU met with SAHO on March 7 to discuss bargaining logistics (meeting frequency, locations, venues, etc.), order of proceedings (common table versus individual union tables), and communication protocols. No bargaining proposals were exchanged at this meeting.

Unfortunately, these preliminary discussions were sidelined when the health provider unions were informed by SAHO about two hours into our meeting that Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance would be sending a letter to the heads of all public sector unions.

New report debunks the provincial deficit: “It’s not as bad as they are saying”

REGINA: A new report from CUPE senior economist Toby Sanger entitled ‘Debunking the Deficit’ challenges the Sask Party government’s declaration of a fiscal crisis. CUPE is releasing this report with a presentation at their convention today at the Delta in Regina.

“Putting the province’s current
deficit in perspective makes it
clear that, while its fiscal situation has worsened in
recent years under Premier
Wall, Saskatchewan certainly
isn’t in or anywhere near a
fiscal or deficit crisis,” said Sanger. “In fact, Saskatchewan could achieve a
balanced budget in a few years
without taking any drastic
actions, which could further
harm the economy.”

CUPE Member Communique

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The CUPE-SAHO collective agreement expires on March 31, 2017.

Since December 2016, CUPE has been meeting regularly with our health provider coalition partners – SEIU and SGEU – to coordinate our approach to the upcoming round of bargaining with SAHO.

CUPE Member Communique

 

CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council of Unions

CUPE Locals 3967, 4777, 4980, 5111, and 5999

January 5, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced it plans to dissolve the current 12 health regions and replace these with one health region superboard in the fall of 2017.

When the announcement was made publicly on January 4th, it was the first CUPE had heard about the government’s plan, and few details were provided at the time. We are still working on understanding the full impacts of this decision on the workforce, and we anticipate future meetings with the Ministry of Health.

Member Communique

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council is working with Viewpoints Research to conduct a member survey to hear from you about bargaining priorities and overall satisfaction with your union. Your participation will give us direction on priorities over the next round of bargaining.

REGINA: CUPE has serious concerns about how the creation of one province-wide health care superboard will impact workers, patients, and quality of care.

“Health care restructuring will disrupt the established systems and relationships of providing health care in the province,” said Gordon Campbell, president of CUPE Health Care Council. “Today’s announcement creates more uncertainty for frontline workers and for rural communities across Saskatchewan. It is also questionable that any cost savings will result.”

PRINCE ALBERT: Workers laid off from Saskatchewan’s public laundry facilities last fall are concerned that laundry services now provided by the private company K-Bro Linen are inadequate.