The Saskatchewan Party government has forced health care workers back into provisions of an expired letter of understanding (LOU), while doing nothing to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
We let you know on September 3rd that the SHA had approached the health care unions, including CUPE, to discuss solutions for staffing to deal with exponentially increasing COVID-19 needs. We met with the SHA on August 27th, where they provided an overview of what they saw as the problem and pressure points on the health care system. We met again on September 1st, where we discussed the SHA’s plan for slowdowns and were provided with a clip from the physician’s town hall, showing modelling. Again, the SHA showed that the system is under pressure, in particular without the temporary LOU. We met again on September 7th, where the employer provided proposed language for a new LOU. CUPE, together with the other provider unions SEIU-West and SGEU-Health Providers, provided a response – a counter proposal on the afternoon of September 13th.