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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.

In solidarity,

Sandra Seitz
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! 

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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.

Pharmacare - A Plan for Everyone

Canada is the only developed country in the world with a universal health care program that doesn’t include a universal prescription drug plan. Our patchwork prescription drug system is inefficient and expensive.

The Canadian Labour Congress is sponsoring a townhall tour to raise awareness about the need for a universal pharmacare plan. Please plan to attend the townhall meeting in Regina as follows:

WHEN:  November 23, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                     

TIME:  6:30pm - 8:00pm

WHERE:  St. Paul's Cathedral Hall
                  1859 McIntyre St
                  Regina, SK S4P 2R2

Visit for more information.

November 7, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

Your CUPE bargaining committee, along with SGEU and SEIU-West bargaining committees, continued negotiations with SAHO from October 30 to November 3, 2017 in Saskatoon.