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.

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.