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 5430 calls for the Saskatchewan government to save Microbiology services at the Yorkton lab

Media Release: CUPE 5430 calls for the Saskatchewan government to save Microbiology services at the Yorkton lab

Yorkton: The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is cutting life saving microbiology testing from the Yorkton Regional Hospital. Starting on May 2, microbiology samples from Yorkton and the surrounding area will now be sent to Regina for processing.

“Our Microbiology lab diagnoses critical illnesses such as staph infections, sepsis, meningitis, and post-op infections. The range of tests the government is cutting include microbial organism identification and sensitivity reporting, which is used to identify which treatment options should be given to patients to effectively counter infections,” said Linda Renkas, Regional Vice-President, CUPE 5430. “If treatment or diagnosis is delayed, the consequences can be life threatening.”

The Yorkton lab currently processes thousands of life saving tests per year. The government says there won’t be a delay in processing.

“With only one courier a day from Yorkton to Regina, if you are not there by the cut off time – your specimen will not get to the Regina lab until the next day. If the roads are impassable due to snow, samples will not get to Regina in a timely manner,” added Renkas.

Centralization of health services in Regina also increases workload for staff at the Regina lab.

“Our members in laboratory services in Regina are already experiencing workload issues, especially with the increased demand due to COVID-19,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE 5430. “It is clear that the SHA has been making decisions without fully thinking through the impacts on worker’s and our communities.”

“Rural microbiology services are necessary and valuable. Lab staff in Yorkton have the skills, expertise and the know-how to get tests processed in a timely manner,” concluded Seitz.

CUPE is encouraging people to take action by writing their MLA. Learn more here:


For more information, please contact:

Tria Donaldson, CUPE communications representative at 306.531.6247.

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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