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: cupelocal4777@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe3967@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email:  cupelocal5999@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: cupe4980@sasktel.net

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

 

 

CUPE 5111 wins nametag arbitration, defends member health and safety

A Saskatchewan arbitrator ruled that including first and last names on employee nametags endangers workers and violates provincial workplace health and safety law.

The ruling was a major victory for CUPE 5111 (Prairie North Regional Health Authority). The local filed a grievance after their employer introduced a new policy in 2012 that required employees to wear nametags with both their first and last names.

The health region claimed the change was made to improve patient interactions. But many members of CUPE 5111 were concerned that including their last name on the nametags would allow them to be stalked, harassed or subjected to violence outside of the workplace.

After several days of testimony in the spring of 2015, the arbitrator ruled that indeed, the nametag policy “fails to comply with the occupational health and safety provisions found in Division III of the Saskatchewan Employment Act principally because of the absence of a proper risk assessment and the implementation of appropriate safeguards”. The grievance was also upheld on the grounds of privacy and reasonableness. The employer was directed to issue new nametags with the first name only.

The arbitration win is significant for CUPE 5111, who spent more than three years challenging the dangerous rule. The decision also sets precedent for other locals struggling with similar nametag issues.

Saskatchewan has some of the best language in legislation to protect workers against all forms of harassment in the workplace. Specifically, section 3-8(d) of the Saskatchewan Employment Act states that the employer shall “ensure, insofar as is reasonably practicable, that the employer’s workers are not exposed to harassment with respect to any matter or circumstance arising out of the workers’ employment.”

Employers in all Canadian jurisdictions are required to perform proper hazard assessments and determine where and how violence may take place so that proper preventative controls can be put in effect. Practices such as “Code White” emergency procedures, policies that teach workers to defend themselves, and de-escalation techniques only act to mitigate the violence, but do not prevent it from happening. In this case, the control measures in place were not sufficient.

https://cupe.ca/cupe-5111-wins-nametag-arbitration-defends-member-health-and-safety 

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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