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.

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.

Wishing all of our members, officers and their families a marvellous day of celebrations!  Happy Canada Day all!!!

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Your CUPE, SGEU, and SEIU-West bargaining committees resumed bargaining on June 21, continued bargaining through the weekend, and went late into the evening of June 25.

CUPE strongly believes that our power to fight back against privatization, austerity and attacks on workers' rights is strengthened through the relationships we build with workers in other workplaces struggling for common causes, including workers in other countries.

A recent visit by Robert Mendoza, President of the Alliance of Health Workers in the Philippines, is just the latest example of CUPE’s global justice work and alliance-building with unions and workers in countries across the world.

Following a weeklong trip to Manitoba, Brother Mendoza made a stop in Saskatchewan to visit the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and Pasqua hospital in Regina and the long-term care facility Tatagwa View in Weyburn.

Through these facility visits and presentations at two evening social events in Regina and Weyburn, Brother Mendoza spoke about the struggles facing health care workers and trade unionists in the Philippines.

These struggles include: budget cuts to public hospitals, rampant privatization, poverty and poor health for most Filipinos, and “contractualization” or precarious work where many health care workers receive no benefits and have minimal job security. Currently, out-of-pocket spending accounts for 57 percent of health expenditures in the Philippines. 

Brother Mendoza also spoke of the many campaigns and mobilization efforts his union and others are undertaking to fight back, including the People’s Health Agenda for free, comprehensive and progressive health services for all citizens.

CUPE members, family and friends were also able to enjoy some amazing Filipino food at the two social events. 

Special thanks to CUPE National and CUPE Saskatchewan for helping to make Brother Mendoza’s visit possible.