November 7, 2017

Dear CUPE Health Care Member:

Your CUPE bargaining committee, along with SGEU and SEIU-West bargaining committees, continued negotiations with SAHO from October 30 to November 3, 2017 in Saskatoon.

Discussions this week related to Joint Job Evaluation issues. The Unions believe there is a serious need to revise the JJE plan as it relates to the education skills factor when jobs are being reviewed by the Maintenance Committee. The Unions presented SAHO with a proposal on this matter.

The Unions can confirm we have reached agreement with SAHO that where the JJE Maintenance Committee determines a classification pay band is to be reduced and incumbents maintain their current pay band, those incumbents who are not at step three will continue to progress through the increment steps of their current pay band until they reach step three.

CUPE continues to say no to concessions and rollbacks. One of SAHO’s concession proposals is to add two steps to the bottom of the current three-step wage. This proposal will have adverse effects on recruitment and retention of health care workers along with escalating workload issues. Patient safety and timely patient care would be negatively impacted. This proposal would have long lasting effects on future health care workers and the patients, clients, and families we serve.

The coalition bargaining committees presented SAHO with a “principles document” that reflects priorities identified by our members. This document proposes that SAHO remove concessions and narrows the scope of issues at the bargaining table. We anticipate SAHO will respond during the next set of bargaining dates – November 23rd – 27th, 2017 in Saskatoon.

Your messages and photos of support energize your bargaining committee, while showing the public and the employer that we act as one. Thank you. We continue to ask for your support in calling, writing, or emailing your MLAs. Wear CUPE every day.

Together we can bargain a fair and reasonable collective agreement.

In Solidarity,

Your CUPE Health Care Bargaining Committee

Sandra Seitz, Pearl Blommaert, Jim Carr, Nancy Black, Scott McDonald, Helen Sawatsky, Donna Krawetz, Brian Manegre, Wanda Edwards