Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405
Email:  cupe5111pres@sasktel.net

 

Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 
Email: region2gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe5430-r3@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email: 5430region4gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398
Email: renkas4980@sasktel.net

1651 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5A2 306-546-2185

 

 

Former laundry staff speak out over quality concerns

PRINCE ALBERT: Workers laid off from Saskatchewan’s public laundry facilities last fall are concerned that laundry services now provided by the private company K-Bro Linen are inadequate.

Monday’s Leader-Post article, “Sharps and debris found in hospital laundry lead to staff safety concerns” confirmed these workers’ fears about the quality of laundry services being provided to hospitals and nursing homes under the privatized model.

These public employees, laid off when Edmonton-based company K-Bro Linen was granted a province-wide monopoly on health care laundry services, say they were disappointed but not surprised to hear that processed laundry has been returned with sharps and other debris in it.

According to Anita Labossiere, who worked at North Sask Laundry in Prince Albert until it closed last fall, “North Sask Laundry had systems in place to make sure any instruments, needles, equipment, and biological materials were removed before the washing process. Linen was also inspected after cleaning and before it was shipped back to health facilities.”
Mira Lewis, former union representative at North Sask Laundry, points to one significant change that she says explains the recent issues: sorting.

“North Sask Laundry employed sorters, who would separate heavily soiled linens from lightly soiled linens so that biological materials and other debris could be removed before washing,” Lewis said. “Under K-Bro’s system, it appears this sorting no longer happens.

“The kinds of problems being reported today would never have happened at North Sask,” she added.

CUPE Local 5999 President Sandra Seitz, herself a former laundry worker at Souris Valley in Sun Country Health Region, reports that since K-Bro took over the contract for laundry services, CUPE has been documenting reports of quality, delivery, and safety issues arising with processed laundry handled by K-Bro.

“We’ve seen the quality of the laundry handling deteriorate over the past year,” said Seitz. “We’ve also heard concerns from the public regarding quality issues with the laundry within Sun Country facilities.”

Meanwhile, in its last annual report, K-Bro reported a 15.6% increase in total shareholder return. Anita Labossiere, Mira Lewis, and Sandra Seitz can all be reached for comment.

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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