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

Member Profile - Diane Christenson - Scheduler

Member Profile - Diane Christenson

Diane Christenson is a staff scheduler, a role she moved into in June, after medical reasons left her unable to carry on with her work as a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA).  “I liked everything about being a CCA,” she said. “I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I liked working with the elderly, I like working with intellectually disabled people in the group homes. I was working with people and making a difference. That’s a big thing. It’s a very rewarding job.”

But she said that working as a CCA during COVID was “brutal.” Christenson was working in a small, 18-bed facility in Lampman, and she said the work was personal.  “You really get to know your residents and their families. Some of them I’ve known from the community before they came in. Besides the fact that you’re working a 12-hour shift with a face mask on the whole time, it’s very heartbreaking. Now it’s not so bad, but in the beginning they locked families out. So we had residents pass away with no one by their side. Because no one could come in. I mean it’s terrible. And mentally it’s draining on everybody, so it’s not a fun place to work right now at all. It drains everybody, everybody is short staffed, so you’re working extra long hours, multiple days in a row.

It’s exhausting. You go home and you have nothing to give to anybody else.”

She said that although her new role isn’t as physically demanding, it’s constantly busy and constantly exhausting. “You can’t even keep up. You phone people to come in and they’re tired of hearing from us. They don’t want to work extra shifts, nobody wants to work extra shifts, because they have nothing left to give. It’s constant. It’s hard to do, but you do it.”

Christenson said that the union has fought hard for her and workers like her “but their hands are quite tied. They can only fight so hard, and they get shut down so much. What the government wants to do, they do.” She said the people in government and management who are calling the shots “haven’t done the job, so they don’t know what it involves. They’re not doing the job on the floor or sitting behind the phones trying to phone people in or holding someone’s hand who hasn’t seen their family for three months. They don’t get it. They have no idea. Lots of our girls, they work 12-hour days, seven to seven, plus overtime. The government doesn’t do that. They’re working from home. They don’t have to wear a face mask. They don’t have to gown up, gloves, mask, face shield. But they can dictate what we have to do.”

 

 

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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