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.

RE: Important Update - Joint Job Evaluation

In the late 1990s, CUPE, SEIU, SGEU and SAHO, through a joint job evaluation project, agreed to develop and implement a sustainable plan using the principles of Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value and Pay Equity.

Each health care provider is an important part of the health care team - including continuing care aides, licensed practical nurses, dietary staff, medical diagnostic technologists and technicians, housekeeping and laundry aides, clerical and maintenance staff.

CUPE proudly represents over 13,600 health care providers in Saskatchewan who help ensure high quality care for residents and patients. Celebrate all they bring to public health care during Health Care Providers’ Week!

cupe health care week 2017


October 20, 2017

Dear Health Care Member:

Your CUPE, SEIU-West, and SGEU bargaining committees resumed bargaining with SAHO October 16 to 18 in Moose Jaw.

October 17 is Pharmacy Technician Day! In celebration of this day, we here at CUPE would like to thank all the pharmacy technicians province-wide for the hard labour and long hours they put in every day! 

You are appreciated!