CUPE 5430 Main Officec

1111 Osler St. Regina SK  S4R 8R4
Phone:  306–546-2185


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




Health care provider unions concerned about new health care recruitment Crown: more red tape is not the answer

Health care provider unions concerned about new health care recruitment Crown: more red tape is not the answer

The unions representing health care providers in Saskatchewan are questioning the creation of the Saskatchewan Health Care Recruitment Agency.

“This is just another layer of bureaucratic smoke and mirrors. The government is under pressure to do something – but instead of implementing actual programs they created this Crown corporation,” said Bashir Jalloh, President of CUPE 5430. “The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) already has resources and a robust out-of-scope workforce, some of whom are dedicated to workforce planning and human resources. They are funded by and directed by the Ministry of Health. Why do they need another structure to do the job of recruitment and retention?”

This entity is “new”, but the people assigned as Chair and Vice-Chair are Tracey Smith, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Andrew Will, CEO of the SHA. This does not seem independent of the parties that should be charged with recruiting and retaining health care workers.

“Over the past number of years, our unions have consistently tried to discuss recruitment and retention strategies, but the Government of Saskatchewan didn’t listen to us,” said Tracey Sauer, SGEU President. “Adding more seats in education programs, increasing compensation, and ensuring vacation time and work-life balance is honoured are ways to add and keep staff. A new agency isn’t going to help if we don’t address the issues at hand.”

Further, this new Crown corporation has in its mandate to do their recruitment and retention work in “collaboration and coordination with provincial and local stakeholders such as local foundations, local health committees, and municipal leaders.” It does not appear that health care professionals and unions are going to be part of the collaboration.

“Health care professionals know how to solve this crisis,” said Neil Colmin, SEIU-West Vice-President. “The health care provider unions have been calling for recruitment and retention initiatives and have provided ideas for better, more stable staffing, all of which has fallen on deaf ears. Every suggestion in the past eight years has been rejected.”

The provider unions have been calling for more full-time permanent work, education and certification opportunities in rural communities, representative workforce initiatives, and using the provisions of the collective agreement like market supplements and market adjustments to attract workers.

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Paulley
Communications Officer, SGEU Phone: 306-775-7877

Leanne Hendriks
Communications Coordinator, SEIU-West Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 2244

Tria Donaldson
Communications Representative, CUPE Phone: 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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