Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405


Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 


Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959


Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560


Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398

1651 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5A2 306-546-2185




Media Release: CUPE health care workers warn that cutting the microbiology lab services at Yorkton Regional Health Centre would increase diagnostic health wait times in rural Saskatchewan

REGINA: The Moe government is considering plans to cut services to the microbiology lab at Yorkton Regional Health Centre, a betrayal of rural health services that will increase wait times for diagnostic services, according to the union representing 14,000 health care workers.

“Rural health services have been struggling under this provincial government, and the cutting of microbiology lab services would further erode rural health care services in Saskatchewan,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE Local 5430. “Having to send samples to Regina would double the wait time for test results meaning rural patients are at a greater risk of delayed treatment. Cuts and privatization are once again hitting small communities the hardest.”

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) laboratory system has been plagued with staffing problems. In a recent survey, 83 per cent of lab workers said that heavy workload has kept them from doing their jobs to the best of their ability, and 92 per cent cited appropriate support and direction from management as a factor negatively impacting their job performance.

“It was staff shortages that forced temporary lab closures in Broadview and Moosomin,” added Seitz. “The SHA can address the chronic staff shortages in laboratories with an improved recruitment and retention plan, rather than more cut backs. The SHA needs to recruit, train and retain more lab workers,” said Seitz.

“Centralization is not a long-term solution to the staffing crisis in lab services,” said Linda Renkas, General Vice-President CUPE Local 5430 (Region 5). “Cutting microbiology services would delay much needed diagnostics when patients need answers quickly. Centralizing the labs would not speed that up.”

Cutting microbiology lab services affects more than just the people of Yorkton, since testing samples should be sent to the Yorkton lab from area facilities such as Kamsack, Canora and Esterhazy. CUPE is calling on the SHA and government to reverse the decision made months ago to send these regional samples to Regina where labs are already inundated with COVID-19 testing rather than Yorkton as had been the practice. 

“Rural patients should not have to wait longer than patients in Regina to get test results,” added Renkas. “Small communities are once again being sacrificed in the name of short-sighted cuts to health care.”


For more information, please contact:
Caedmon Malowany, A/CUPE communications representative at 204.801.9136.


About CUPE Local 5430

CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.

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