In early 2021, the entire board of directors of eHealth was removed and replaced with a caretaking board of two representatives from the Ministry of Health. We wrote to eHealth and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) about our collective concerns regarding eHealth’s state of affairs. SHA and eHealth responded with a joint communication that they would contact us as soon as stable operations resumed at eHealth. To date, we haven’t heard from them.
We provided an update to our IT members of SEIU-West, CUPE and SGEU in March 2021 to let you know the SHA and Ministry were trying to contract out some IT services in different locations across the province. The three unions requested that members stay vigilant and contact their Union when and wherethere were efforts to contract out those services. Thank you to all of you who have continued to flag this situation for us so we can prevent and put a stop to the contracting out of IT services.
SEIU-West, CUPE and SGEU continue to await an update or information from SHA and/or eHealth so we can resume discussions on the transition of IT services. We have heard from many of our IT members that we need to see a significant investment in the IT infrastructure of the entire interconnected system within SHA.
The lack of clarity and information about the future has created a lot of anxiety and stress for those of our members working in IT. We will continue to work hard to protect your rights and benefits provided by your collective agreements. We will provide further updates as things progress.
If you have any questions, here are the numbers to contact for each union:
- For SEIU-West, contact the Member Resource Center at 1-888-999-7348 Ext 2298
- For CUPE, contact the Main Office at 306-546-2185
- For SGEU, contact the office at 1-800-667-9355
President of CUPE 5430
Acting SGEU Health Providers Bargaining Chair