The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has recently announced that it is relocating residents of Grenfell Pioneer Home due to the serious nature of mould found in numerous areas of the facility. The Saskatchewan Health Authority hired Pinchin Limited to conduct a thorough investigation of the building in which they found not only mould but asbestos.
This not only raises concerns about the health and safety of the 21 residents but also the health and safety of our 65 members working at the facility.
CUPE is currently working with our members and the employer to ensure that all safety precautions are being adhered to. CUPE has informed our members of their lawful right to refuse unsafe work under The Saskatchewan Employment Act.
It is our understanding that the SHA has found other long term care locations for the residents throughout the province.
The union was told the future of the facility is up in the air. The Saskatchewan Health Authority stated that they hope the relocation will be a temporary, but are exploring options that could include continued remediation and maintenance at the existing Grenfell Pioneer Home or the construction of a new facility. CUPE Local 5430 will advocate for a safe and publically funded long term care facility in the community of Grenfell.
CUPE Local 5430 will continue to advocate for our members’ job security and their health and safety. We know that this is a time of uncertainty for our members.
CUPE Local 5430 President