Dear CUPE Health Care Member:
Your CUPE Bargaining Committee resumed collective bargaining with SAHO May 30-31 and June 1, 2017 in Regina.
As reported in our last communique, SAHO tabled a common proposal package with CUPE, SEIU-West, and SGEU which contains a sweeping list of concessions and takeaways.
SAHO’s bargaining package sets out a four-year collective agreement that includes an overall reduction in compensation costs of 4.09 percent. This includes a wage rollback of one percent in 2017-2018 and three consecutive years of zero percent increases. SAHO was clear with the Provider Coalition that the wage reduction in the first year could be higher if SAHO’s monetary concessions are removed from the table. More details on SAHO’s proposals can be found in our document CUPE Health Care Bargaining: Understanding the Proposals, which can be found on our website.
Your CUPE Bargaining Committee expressed deep disappointment with SAHO’s regressive package and its failure to address the real workplace concerns of members and recruitment and retention concerns. Your Committee was absolutely clear that SAHO’s monetary concessions would cause great hardship for members.
In our negotiations this week, CUPE questioned why SAHO was putting forward these takeaways and asked how they would impact employee morale and recruitment and retention efforts. We are anticipating answers to these questions at our next bargaining session.
Your CUPE bargaining committee also asked for important information from SAHO. We need to know what changes are coming that will impact our members due to restructuring, possible layoffs, privatization, contracting out, or transfer of employees. To date, SAHO has provided little detail. CUPE will continue to demand further details from SAHO as the bargaining process continues.
Our next bargaining dates are set for June 13-14 in Saskatoon. Our Coalition partners will also resume negotiations with their respective SAHO bargaining committees at that time.
We want to thank the membership for showing their support for the bargaining committee by wearing CUPE stickers during the first four days of collective bargaining with SAHO. We need your support and solidarity as we fight back against the provincial government’s regressive wage mandate and the numerous concessions we are facing.
CUPE will continue to keep you updated with further developments as they become available. Learn more at www.cupesaskhcc.ca.
Your CUPE Health Care Council Bargaining Committee
Sandra Seitz, Pearl Blommaert, Jim Carr, Nancy Black, Scott McDonald, Helen Sawatsky, Donna Krawetz, Brian Manegre, Wanda Edwards