CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council of Unions

CUPE Locals 3967, 4777, 4980, 5111, and 5999

January 5, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced it plans to dissolve the current 12 health regions and replace these with one health region superboard in the fall of 2017.

When the announcement was made publicly on January 4th, it was the first CUPE had heard about the government’s plan, and few details were provided at the time. We are still working on understanding the full impacts of this decision on the workforce, and we anticipate future meetings with the Ministry of Health.

CUPE has serious concerns about how the creation of one provincial health authority will impact on our members, patients, and quality of care.

We know that the last two reorganizations caused uncertainty, stress, low morale, and confusion for our members. We want to reassure our members that there is no change currently pending to your employer, your collective agreement rights, or your representation by CUPE. Many changes will need to be legislated and should be preceded by a consultation process.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. If you have any concerns, please contact your local union office. We will make sure we raise your concerns in our meetings with the government.

During this uncertain time, CUPE will continue to advocate on behalf of our members and for quality public health care across the province. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about how this restructuring will unfold. Learn more at www.cupesaskhcc.ca.

In Solidarity,

Your Health Care Council Executive

Gordon Campbell, Pearl Blommaert, Sandra Seitz, Jim Carr, Scott McDonald, Helen Sawatsky, Donna Krawetz, Brian Manegre, and Wanda Edwards