CUPE launches survey on worker mental health during COVID
Have you ever wondered how enhancements to the Extended Health Care and Enhanced Dental Plans happen?
Most often it starts with a suggestion or request from one of our plan members. 3sHealth Employee Benefits will work with the benefit plans consultant as well as with our insuring partner, Canada Life, to research the potential enhancement that the plan member suggested.
3sHealth Employee Benefits takes this information to the Working Committee, made up solely of union representatives from CUPE, HSAS, SEIU-West, SGEU, and SUN. The committee’s role is to oversee the in-scope Extended Health Care and Enhanced Dental Plan. If the committee agrees with the request and believes it would be both valuable for plan members and sustainable by the plan, the committee will make a recommendation to the Employee Benefit Plans Board of Trustees.
Great day in Yorkton with CUPE 5430 Region 5 - Mobilizing for Bargaining training. COMING TO YOUR REGION SOON!!!
Are you interested in helping out as a mobilizer or communicator? We need you. Reach out to your regional office.
Over 800 CUPE members from every region participated in our recent member survey.
COVID-19 has taken a toll on our members. More than four in ten respondents said they are doing worse than two years ago. When it comes to work, close to half are struggling a little and finding it hard to cope some days, and almost one in three are having a great deal of difficulty.
CUPE Local 5430 has five (5) scholarships of $500.00 each that are awarded every year.
These scholarships are for CUPE members or a dependent (as determined by Revenue Canada) of a CUPE member.
The criteria for the scholarship are the applicant shall be enrolled in an accredited school. University of which tuition is charged, and the applicant is to submit a 500-word essay/brief to the Local on the topic of “Why is privatization bad for Saskatchewan and its peoples?”.
CUPE Local 5430 would like to congratulate the following 2022 Alistair Mackenzie Scholarship recipients:
- Rebeka Bahr-Antonenko
- Mikayla Boutcher
- Paris Purdue
- Taofeek Badmos
- Jesse Peters
Thank you to everyone that submitted an essay/brief and all the best in your future endeavours.
- This budget established a new and independent agency dedicated to recruiting and retaining health care workers. While we are glad the government recognizes the need to improve recruitment and retention, we question the need for a new agency. The SHA is the primary employer, and the collective agreements have provisions and processes for dealing with recruitment and retention – including market supplements. Another layer of government agency doesn’t seem necessary.
- The budget address talked a lot about doctors and nurses but failed to acknowledge the challenges facing health care providers. Recruitment and retention efforts must include all classifications.
- There are significant funds targeted to reduce waitlists for surgeries and medical imaging – two areas where the Sask. Party government has repeatedly contracted out to private, for-profit companies. CUPE firmly believes that public investment is the best option – both in terms of cost effectiveness and quality of care. We will be watching closely as this funding rolls out and will push for the government to use these dollars to improve and expand in the public system where improvements are needed and where it is more cost effective to provide services.
- There is nothing to immediately alleviate the workload issues and short staffing to stem the burnout of health care workers while they work on their “health human resources initiative”. Our members are burning out now. Rural facilities are already facing shutdowns and service reductions. Hallway medicine in city hospitals has become the norm. We need relief now.
- Many of the announcements in the budget were recycled news. The 225 new CCA positions were an election promise from 2020 – and there are currently over 170 vacancies posted on Sask Health Careers. The government also announced several infrastructure investments including $5.0 million for continued progress on La Ronge and Grenfell long-term care facilities. In 2020 the government earmarked$73 million toward new long-term care facilities in each community, but no meaningful progress has been made to date.
WHEN: April 4, 2022 – 6:30 PM
WHERE: This will be a virtual meeting using Zoom
WHY: CUPE Local 5430 would like to give you an update and hear from you. We would like to help with any concerns and answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Nancy Black to be provided with a Zoom invitation to join.
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