Member Communique: Security Service Review

On February 4, 2019 the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) released the final report from their province-wide security review. The report outlines 27 recommendations for a centrally-managed security services program.

The review was conducted by external consultant Tony Weeks from BigLeap Consultation and Advisory Services.

CUPE wants to acknowledge the vital role security service members play in keeping patients and our co-workers safe.

Hundreds of CUPE members participated in the review and your local executive submitted a brief entitled “On Guard for Public Health Care.” Even more people signed petitions and wrote letters about the importance of delivering security services in-house. We want to thank all of our members for their participation.

Several of the recommendations in the report mirror suggestions made by CUPE and our members. Other recommendations may cause uncertainty for our members. The SHA has made it clear that this report is the start of a longer process and it will “guide thinking as progress is made towards an optimized protective services model”.

Your union will stay involved with the SHA through every step of the process. We are committed to publicly-delivered protective services and will continue to advocate for our members and the patients you serve.

In order to better understand the report and the implications of the recommendations, your 5430 Executive will be organizing meetings with security staff in the coming weeks. These meetings will give us the opportunity to discuss the report with you and get feedback that we can bring forward to the SHA.

Please stay tuned for meeting details.

In the meantime, please contact your local union representatives with any concerns.

In Solidarity

 

Sandra Seitz, President
CUPE Local 5430