On August 23, 2018 the Saskatchewan Health Authority met with CUPE and SGEU representatives to discuss the employer’s ongoing plan to transfer the Roy Romanow Provincial Lab workers into the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

In our meetings with the employer, they announced their intent to negotiate the transition of in-scope SGEU members into the CUPE bargaining unit within the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Applications are invited from affiliated CUPE Local Unions to fill the following vacancies on CUPE Saskatchewan Standing Committees:

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has recently announced that it is relocating residents of Grenfell Pioneer Home due to the serious nature of mould found in numerous areas of the facility. The Saskatchewan Health Authority hired Pinchin Limited to conduct a thorough investigation of the building in which they found not only mould but asbestos.

This not only raises concerns about the health and safety of the 21 residents but also the health and safety of our 65 members working at the facility.

CUPE is currently working with our members and the employer to ensure that all safety precautions are being adhered to. CUPE has informed our members of their lawful right to refuse unsafe work under The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

As you may know, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has recently announced that it will be working with the Ministry of Health to explore options regarding the future of Regina Pioneer Village (RPV) and long-term care services.

On July 24, 2018 with less than 24 hours’ notice, CUPE Local 5430 was called to a meeting with 3S Health, SAHO, Ministry of Health officials and other Union representatives.

Chronic understaffing and increasing workload are two of the most pressing issues in health care. CUPE 5340 member and Region 1 facility representative Sid Hall has seen the impact of both issues on patient care and health care workers first hand.

On July 4, 2018 CUPE Local 5430 sent our official submission to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and on July 8, 2018 President Sandra Seitz sent it to health ministers Jim Reiter and Greg Ottenbreit.

The submission -- sent in response to the SHA’s highly questionable review of security services -- draws on the expertise and experience of the dozens of CUPE members who work in health care security services.

You can download and read “On Guard for Public Health Security” here:

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Members of your Bargaining Committee are touring each region to meet with members and get feedback and direction. Your input as members is critical. Please plan to attend a meeting in your region and encourage your coworkers to attend. Tour schedules for regions 2, 3, 4, and 5 are posted here and the schedule for region 1 will be posted shortly.

Region 1 Bargaining Tour Meetings

Region 1 Bargaining Tour Schedule

Region 2 Bargaining Tour Meetings

July 17 @7:00 p.m. at the CUPE Regional 2 Office – 579 – 28th St. W, Prince Albert

July 18 @ 7:00 p.m. Shellbrook Health Centre – Great Room – Shellbrook

July 30 @ 3:00 p.m. Family Room - Leask

July 30 @ 6:30 p.m. Multipurpose Room - Hafford

August 1 @ 2:00 p.m. Big River - Meeting Room

August 1 @ 6:00 p.m. Canwood - Activity Room

August 2 @ 2:00 p.m. Kinistino

Bargaining Information Meeting Region 5 2018 07 11

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Bargaining Information Meeting Region 4 2018 07 12

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Bargaining Information Meeting Region 3 2018 07 11

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Have you signed a Workload Postcard yet?! Contact your facility representative, shop steward, or a L. 5430 communicator to sign a workload postcard to be delivered directly to the Minister of Health.

Did you know CUPE’s collective agreement is the only provincial health care agreement that includes a comprehensive, stand-alone provision to address the workload concerns of members?

Learn more here. Then contact your CUPE Region Office or a facility representative if you require a workload complaint form.