In early 2021, the entire board of directors of eHealth was removed and replaced with a caretaking board of two representatives from the Ministry of Health. We wrote to eHealth and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) about our collective concerns regarding eHealth’s state of affairs. SHA and eHealth responded with a joint communication that they would contact us as soon as stable operations resumed at eHealth. To date, we haven’t heard from them.
We provided an update to our IT members of SEIU-West, CUPE and SGEU in March 2021 to let you know the SHA and Ministry were trying to contract out some IT services in different locations across the province. The three unions requested that members stay vigilant and contact their Union when and wherethere were efforts to contract out those services. Thank you to all of you who have continued to flag this situation for us so we can prevent and put a stop to the contracting out of IT services.
The CUPE Local 5430 Annual General Meeting will be held virtually September 28 & 29, 2021.
Due to the change in date of the AGM, the elections have been adjusted to the AGM in September.
RE: Nominations & Elections for President, Recording Secretary, and One (1) Three Years Trustee
SECTION 10 - NOMINATIONS, ELECTION, AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
Nominations for positions on the Provincial Executive Board will be accepted at the Annual General Meeting held in the month of May.
Nominations will be accepted from members in attendance at the nomination meeting or from those members who have allowed their name to be filed in writing at the meeting, witnessed by another member. In written nominations, the witness shall be considered to have nominated the nominee.
To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must have been accepted into membership and continue to be a member of good standing.
A member may accept nomination for a position while holding office in any position. If successful in the election, their resignation from their current position will take effect at that time. No member will be eligible for nomination if they are in arrears of dues and/or assessment.
All elections for Provincial positions will be conducted electronically using a secure system. To be elected, a candidate must receive a plurality of the votes cast. An alternate voting method would be ensured for members unable to cast an electronic ballot.
Nominations will be held for the following positions at the CUPE Local 5430 Annual General Meeting, September 28 & 29, 2021 VIA Zoom:
CUPE Local 5430 President – Three (3) Year Term – November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024
CUPE Local 5430 Recording Secretary –Three (3) Year Term – November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024
Trustee - One (1) Three (3) Year Trustee – November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2024
In Solidarity, Sandra Seitz, President CUPE Local 5430
CUPE would like to reach out to our members regarding the recruitment issues that have been prevalent within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) with regards to the cook classifications, namely the cook position (Job #010) and the head cook position (Job #024). The SHA has been in talks with Saskatchewan Polytechnic regarding the development of a new health care cook program designed solely for cooking in the health care setting.
CUPE, along with the other two provider unions (SGEU and SEIU-West), were notified by the SHA in June 2020 about a health care cook program with very little detail.
As Saskatchewan celebrates National Nursing Week, health care provider unions are urging the Saskatchewan government to remember and recognize one key component of the nursing team that is often overlooked – Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
“In Saskatchewan, LPNs are front line care nurses that are responsible for managing patient care plans in collaboration with registered nurses and doctors,” said Tracey Sauer, SGEU president. “They perform much more than basic patient care, and are often specialized in critical areas, such as hemodialyis care, peri-operative care and advanced orthopedics. Many LPNs also received additional training and have been an integral part of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.”
CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.