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.
Medical technologists and technicians play a critical role in our health care system. Many of them work behind the scenes doing laboratory tests or preparing medications for patients. Others work directly with patients doing x-rays, CT or MRI scans or other critical diagnostic tests.
Doctors rely on timely and accurate results from medical technologists and technicians so they can diagnose illnesses and create a treatment plan for their patients. Increased workload means that medical techs cannot complete all their work on shift, which results in many working through scheduled breaks, coming to work early, or leaving late. This can lead to delays in patient diagnosis, errors, and staff burnout.
Contact your MLA to urge the government to provide more funding to hire additional medical technologists and technicians to address workload and staffing requirements for safe and quality patient care.
Learn more at www.cupesaskhcc/underpressure
Health care restructuring and IT services
On November 30 the health care provider unions took part in a call with the Employer’s Transition Team who are tasked with managing transition issues as the health regions are amalgamated into the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The purpose of the call was to talk about IT services and the amalgamation to one service.
I am writing to share with you the information that was shared with the Unions.
The Unions were reminded that the amalgamation of IT was one of the stated goals of the report issued on healthcare restructuring. We were told that the 34 out of scope managers will be getting direction from eHealth but will remain employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The in scope IT employees will not report to eHealth or be transferred at this time. In scope employees (CUPE members) will remain employees of the Regional Heath Authorities, and now the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
We have requested further information around the structure of the amalgamated information technology organization. In addition, CUPE stressed that it would be important for us to be part of further reviews of the structure.
We continue to be concerned about the effects of health care restructuring on our members and encourage you to contact your regional office if you have questions or concerns.
President, CUPE Local 5430
Only CUPE’s collective agreement can defend health care jobs by challenging the contracting out of bargaining unit work through an expedited arbitration process – protection you can count on in these times of increasing privatization threats.
The results are in from the province-wide referendum vote on the draft founding bylaws and policies of CUPE Local 5430. CUPE health care members have voted 80.5 percent in favour of the bylaws and policies in the vote held November 29, 2017.
The bylaws will now be sent to CUPE National President Mark Hancock for approval.
November 29, 2017
Dear CUPE Health Care Member:
After 48 days of bargaining, CUPE and its Coalition partners will be returning to their individual bargaining tables with their respective SAHO committees. No dates have been set at this point.
RE: Agreement reached to review Joint Job Evaluation Plan
On November 1, 2017 I wrote a message highlighting CUPE’s concerns about the education factor of he Joint Job Evaluation Plan and shared that we were working on this issue at the bargaining table. It was the focus of the talks at the bargaining table at the Oct. 30 – November 3 session as we reported in the last bargaining update (Nov. 7).
On November 23, 2017 the Health Provider Unions – CUPE, SEIU- West and SGEU reached agreement with SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations) on a Joint Job Evaluation Plan review. A Letter of Understanding was signed on the issue to provide a process for a review of the Joint Job Evaluation Plan.
A little message from you CUPE health care bargaining committee. Bargaining resumed today and will continue until the 27th. Remember to wear your shirts, buttons, stickers, any of your CUPE swag and send us pictures. We find it really encouraging!
Members of the newly formed CUPE Local 5430 will have the opportunity to approve their founding bylaws and policies in workplace referendum votes to be held November 29, 2017.
The draft bylaws and policies were adopted at the founding meeting of the new provincial union held September 13 and October 12-13 in Regina, but require further approval from the membership in a referendum vote.