On January 24, 2019, CUPE Local 5430 organized a standing room only town hall meeting in Grenfell to talk about the closure of Grenfell Pioneer Home and the impact the loss of jobs and residents has had on the community. Speakers included NDP MLA and health critic Vicki Mowat, NDP seniors’ critic Danielle Chartier, CUPE 5430 President Sandra Seitz and community residents Lois Warner and Joyce Maier. The event was emceed by Region 3 General Vice President Scott McDonald.

Speaking on behalf of CUPE, Seitz spoke eloquently about the need to invest in long-term care.

Upcoming JJEMC Reviews

Do you work in the following classifications: Head Cook; Cook, Assistant Cook and or Baker?

You should know that the Joint Job Evaluation Maintenance Committee has initiated a provincial review for those job descriptions. You should expect to have the Employer give you the Provincial Review Process Form, the Provincial Job Fact Sheet and Provincial Review Instructions by February 5, 2019. These documents would have to be returned to the out of scope supervisor by March 5, 2019

CUPE Local 5430 members  Workload Concerns

On January 18, 2019 representatives from CUPE Local 5430 met with Greg Ottenbreit, Yorkton MLA and Minister for Rural and Remote Health to discuss our concerns with workload and chronic under-staffing.

The delegation submitted close to 1,500 postcards calling for the province to address workload by:

  • Ensuring staff are replaced when sick or on leave;
  • Improving shift schedules to reduce on-call work;
  • Increasing funding for frontline staff;
  • Having meaningful discussion with health care unions about staff, resources, recruitment, and retention (especially in rural Saskatchewan).