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




CUPE responds to Ombudsman seniors report: It is time for a standard of care

REGINA: The Ombudsman report on seniors care highlights an issue CUPE members have been struggling with for years – ensuring that long term care facilities have adequate staff in place to ensure seniors receive quality care.

“The complexity of care has changed dramatically in long term care. Years ago residents in facilities were somewhat mobile and able to do things for themselves. That is no longer the case,” said Gordon Campbell, president of CUPE’s Saskatchewan Health Care Council. “Residents need assistance with getting dressed, bathing, eating, and toileting. A high number suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

“The government must improve staffing levels at long term care facilities. Our members are doing the best they can with limited time,” Campbell added. “With the current staffing levels, our members barely have time to take care of residents’ basic needs and have no time to support their emotional and social needs.”

Many members working in long term care facilities report that staff is not replaced when on sick leave or other short term leave.

“This adds to workload and impacts their ability to deliver quality care. The government should abandon its directive to health regions to save money by not replacing staff. This policy is making the situation worse,” said Campbell.

CUPE is recommending that the government implement a minimum care standard to ensure adequate staffing levels to meet the needs of patients.

“The Ministry of Health guidelines are vague and are not enforced,” said Campbell. “We need a legislated minimum of four hours of care per resident per day. This will ensure our members provide the care that our seniors need and deserve.

“We would like to echo the Ombudsman's recommendation that the government conduct a consultation process to develop a fulsome long term care strategy with the involvement of all stakeholders,” added Campbell.

CUPE is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. Many of CUPE’s members work in long term care facilities, including Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home.

Download Media Release

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.

Read more