Your health care provider coalition met during the week of March 12-16, 2018 in Saskatoon with SAHO. Negotiations had previously broken off at the end of November of 2017 when we were unable to agree to a set of principles that would set us on a path to achieving a collective agreement.

5430 members in Melville took this group photo to show support for the Bargaining Committee. Remember to wear CUPE in the workplace during bargaining this week if you can in your department.  

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Congratulations to Brian Manegre and Marilyn Goll on their CUPE Saskatchewan awards for union activism! And also to the entire executive board and membership of former Local 5111 (Now L. 5430, Region 1) on their Woodrow Stanley Lloyd Award for Collective Action! This award was given for their commitment to workplace health and safety in the name-tag arbitration victory.

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On March 12 a delegation of Local 5430 members from across the province hand-delivered more than 2,000 individually signed postcards to the office of Minister of Health Jim Reiter.

The postcards demand a fair and reasonable pay increase for health care workers, not a 3.5% wage rollback.

The delivery of postcards to the minister's office coincided with the first day of the new legislative session and as parties return to the bargaining table in health care.

The delegation of 5430 members also met with opposition Health Critic Danielle Chartier and Labour Critic Nicole Rancourt to discuss the seriousness of short-staffing, workload, workplace violence, resident care, and retention and recruitment of staff in health care.

Please plan to participate in a telephone town hall that will be held Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Your bargaining committee will provide further details about the status of collective bargaining as well as many transition issues we are dealing with due to the replacement of 12 health regions with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The telephone town hall format allows members to ask questions and provide feedback to your bargaining committee, so your participation is extremely important.

You should receive a phone call automatically at 6:30 PM on Thursday.

If you would like to call-in, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306-546-2185 to learn the call-in number.

We look forward to speaking with you on the telephone town hall.

The results of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s first Resident and Family Experience Survey and CEO tour indicate widespread concern with inadequate staffing in long-term care. In all but one of the twelve former health regions, staffing levels and/or staff recruitment and retention were raised as issues during the CEO tour.

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.