Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

After a long hiatus, CUPE and its Coalition partners will be resuming bargaining with SAHO March 12-16, 2018 in Saskatoon.

Did you know that your CUPE collective agreement has important restrictions on multi-site work?

Working in health care is a 24-hour, 365 day-a-year operation. The majority of our members work around the clock.

 Shiftwork is a reality, but CUPE has negotiated the following collective agreement provisions to promote work-life balance and stability for our members:

  • Article 27.06 – Consecutive Days Off – obligates the employer to schedule consecutive days off rather than single ones.
  • Article 27.07 – Six (6) Consecutive Work Days – restricts employees from being scheduled to work more than six days in a row.

The grievance-arbitration process is an essential part of all collective agreements. However, the CUPE agreement also boasts a Provincial Dispute Resolution Committee (PDRC) as an alternative to what can often be a costly and protracted arbitration process.

This joint Union-Employer committee will meet throughout the year to try and resolve a wide range of grievances – everything but termination grievances. The Union and Employer must agree to refer grievances to the PDRC.

This process saves our members from having to testify at a hearing. The PDRC also saves our Union money by utilizing a joint process to resolve disputes and issues identified by our members. Every settled file saves our Local $10,000 and $20,000 in arbitration fees.

If the members of the PDRC are not able to resolve the grievance or dispute, then the committee will either refer the matter to expedited arbitration or a full panel arbitration hearing.

The election for Regional Vice-Presidents for CUPE Local 5430 Region 3 which took place on January 25, 2018 is now complete.  Successful candidates are:

Regional Vice-President (Rural) -  Sister Sheila Boulding

Regional Vice-President (Urban) -   Sister Breanne Ehman

For more information click here.

Opinion by CUPE Local 5430 President Sandra Seitz as published in the Regina Leader Post January 25, 2018

For years, the Saskatchewan Party government has been championing the benefits of public private partnerships (P3s) as a way to build public infrastructure.  It has used the P3 model to build four major projects in the province, including the controversial Regina bypass and the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.

CUPE’s collective agreement is the only provincial health care agreement that restricts the use of volunteers in order to protect the job security of union members.

Volunteers play an important role in our health care system. Health regions rely on numerous volunteers to carry out a variety of activities, including visiting and socializing with patients and residents.

However, under the CUPE-SAHO collective agreement, the Employer cannot use volunteers to fill existing or new positions and the use of volunteers cannot result in the direct layoff of any CUPE member.

The collective agreement further prevents the Employer from providing any wage or remuneration to a volunteer.

Join thousands of other CUPE health care workers in sending a strong message directly to Minister of Health Jim Reiter by filling out one of our bargaining postcards! We’re collecting them all for direct delivery to the government.

Fill out a postcard calling for a FAIR DEAL for all health care workers!
Ask a CUPE representative in your facility or contact your L. 5430 Regional Office to receive postcards to sign.

https://www.cupe5430.ca/regions

In a recent arbitration decision, CUPE was successful in challenging Sun Country Health Region’s attendance support program by overturning the termination of a member who was not adequately accommodated.

Legal counsel for Sun Country Health Region argued that it had just cause to terminate the CUPE member for innocent absenteeism, because the grievor exceeded the benchmarks established in its Attendance Support Program. On the other hand, CUPE argued that the grievor’s issues should have been dealt with through the accommodation process rather than in the context of the Attendance Support Program.

We’re kicking off the new year with the launch of our new provincial union – CUPE Local 5430.

Our new Local – the largest health care union in Saskatchewan – replaces the CUPE Health Care Council and the five health locals that voted last summer to merge into one.

While there are still transition issues to iron out, your union will now be operating as CUPE Local 5430.

As a result, we have transformed the CUPE Health Care Council website into an interim CUPE Local 5430 website while we work on developing a new and improved website to serve our 14,000 members. In the meantime, please bookmark this website – www.cupe5430.ca – and check back regularly for important updates.