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




Documents show government spending at least $730,000 on private healthcare staffing: CUPE

Documents compiled by CUPE show that the provincial government is contracting out work to private “staffing solution” companies in health care – including more than $730,000 for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in just one region of the province.

“This is the completely wrong approach to dealing with the staffing crisis in healthcare,” said Bashir Jalloh, President of CUPE 5430. “This issue is a mess of the government’s own making, and it’s only one example of the contracting out of healthcare workers that is becoming more widespread across the province. The hiring of private contractors is not only costly, it’s a temporary band aid solution that will do nothing to solve the issues that are causing a shortage of healthcare workers in Saskatchewan.”

Jalloh said that the hiring of out-of-province, private staff is worsening morale among workers, who are being paid less than private contract workers doing the same job. For example, the top of the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) wage scale is $24.84 an hour in Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, a job posting for a travel CCA posted by Gratitude Canada, a company providing so-called “staffing solutions” for Saskatchewan-based workers, offers a wage scale of $28-$32 per hour, plus travel, accommodations, and a meal allowance. In addition to CCAs and LPNs, private contractors have also been hired for Medical Technologist and Technician and Health Information Practitioner positions across the province.

“Imagine you are a CCA who has been working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority for the last five years,” added Jalloh. “Suddenly you are working side by side with someone from a private company who is doing the same job as you, but getting paid more per hour, and with free accommodations, meals and expenses covered. “It’s completely unfair that the government has the money to cover higher wages for private contract workers, but not permanent staff.”

Jalloh called on the government to come up with real solutions to attract permanent, long-term staff by making health care education more accessible in rural areas, providing market supplements for hard-to-recruit areas, and moving allowances for current SHA staff willing to relocate.

“We need to attract people who want to put roots down in Saskatchewan and build a life here, but instead of working on permanent solutions, the government is squandering money and resources by contracting out private companies,” said Jalloh. “If the government can afford to pay private contractors, they can afford to invest in Saskatchewan workers.”

Jalloh also called on the government to provide more information about what positions are being contracted out, and the full costs of the contracting out of staffing in the province.

“We simply don’t know the full extent of what jobs are being contracted out and how much it is costing,” said Jalloh. “The government needs to be more transparent and provide a complete account of the use of private contractors, as well as a plan to stop relying on their use. The Federal government has already clawed back healthcare funding from the province due to their healthcare privatization schemes, and if the use of private contractors continues, it could happen again. We can’t afford to have more money taken out of a system in crisis.”



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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