Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405
Email:  cupe5111pres@sasktel.net

 

Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 
Email: region2gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe5430-r3@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email: 5430region4gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398
Email: renkas4980@sasktel.net

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

 

 

News

Vaccine Policy

The Saskatchewan Party government announced some weeks ago that they were directing health employers to develop proof of vaccination policies. You may have heard about this in the media, in press releases, or through information provided by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and affiliate employers or a communique (September 1st) from us. 

The health care unions had been provided with an initial draft policy and had discussions at the daily briefing calls with the SHA about the policy. Please be clear that this is not a collaboration for a policy but rather comments on a policy direction the employer is intending.

Yesterday, there was a press release from the Saskatchewan Party government saying that the SHA policy would be in effect October 1st.

We immediately requested the amended draft policy, which we received late last night. The SHA is calling this a policy directive and not a policy. What we received was a framework with no appendices, no forms, no questions and answers, no definitions, and no procedures. On the SHA briefing call this morning, the health care unions unanimously endorsed the position that no policy or policy directive should be implemented until the unions have full disclosure of all relevant information – definitions, dates of phased implementation, communication plan, form of proof of vaccination, etc.

We would like to share what we learned today. This information was provided verbally and not in writing, so it is subject to change. There seems to be a lot of uncertainties yet, even though the policy is being implemented in just a couple days.

  • The press release yesterday said that there would be a phased implementation of the SHA policy. Today the SHA says that this would likely involve two phases. In Phase one all SHA employees would be asked to submit a declaration stating whether or not they intended to comply with the policy, whether they are immunized, whether they are going to seek an accommodation under the prohibited grounds of religious or medical exemption, or whether they intend to enroll in the SHA COVID-19 monitored testing program. Phase 2 is where either proof of vaccination or a negative test would be required. At that point the employer would begin assessing employees for compliance with the policy.
  • As far as we know now, and as per yesterday’s press release, the testing would be on the employees’ own time and at their own expense.

There is a number of factors that we use to assess a policy. We do not have enough information to fully assess this policy. The unions have requested and have received assurances of an update on the draft policy on Tuesday from the SHA.

We will be having a member information meeting on October 7th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the policy. Please join us.

In the meantime, please understand that you will not be asked to or required to show proof of vaccination on October 1st.

We like hearing from you. If you have questions or concerns or just want to let us know how you are doing, please reach out.

  • Region 1: 306-445-6433 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Region 2: 306-922-0600 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Region 3: 306-757-7925 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Region 4: 306-842-1559 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Region 5: 306-783-1396 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Main office: 306-546-2185

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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