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: cupelocal4777@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe3967@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email:  cupelocal5999@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: cupe4980@sasktel.net

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

 

 

News

Media Release: Health care workers laid off at Regina Pioneer Village as government moves towards privatizing long-term care

Regina: The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is sending layoff notices to CUPE members working at Regina Pioneer Village (RPV) and moving residents to private, personal care homes.

RPV has been plagued by mould and asbestos issues for years and has had to close beds twice before due to remediation efforts.  Now residents are being moved into two private care homes in the Regina area.

“These layoffs are a direct result of the Sask Party government’s failure to address the crumbling infrastructure in our health care sector,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE Local 5430.  “Now patients are being moved into private, for profit care homes.  We should all be concerned about the loss of jobs, the costs for residents and the quality of care.”

The number of long-term beds in Saskatchewan continues to decrease as illustrated in the report Crumbling Away:  Saskatchewan Long-Term Residential Care Policy and its Consequences.  The closure of RPV will also have an impact on residents.  https://www.cupe5430.ca/about-us/news/crumbling-away-a-new-report-on-the-state-of-long-term-care-in-saskatchewan-paints-startling-picture

In private care homes, residents pay out of pocket for accommodation and care without government oversight on fees.  In 2012, the provincial auditor reported these charges ranged from $1,000-$4,000 per month.  Currently, there are personal care homes with rates as high as $6,000 per month.  Nursing and other specialized care, medications, personal care supplies, and more are typically additional charges.

Personal care home jobs require significantly less training for care staff, and, in contrast to government run special care homes, there is no requirement for nursing oversight, either on-site or on-call.  This means that personal care home residents assessed at high care need levels (Level 3 or 4) are not guaranteed critical medical oversight.

“Publicly owned, adequately funded long-term residential care is the best way to ensure the highest quality care for patients and residents,” added Seitz.  “There is significant research that indicates that for-profit long-term care leads to lower-quality care, lower staffing ratios, higher rates of hospitalization and mortality, escalating costs and lower accountability and financial transparency.

CUPE Local 5430 represents over 13,000 health care workers across Saskatchewan.  CUPE will continue to advocate for our members’ job security, health and safety and public health care.

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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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