Details of each agreement will be published at a later date. “This interim agreement will undoubtedly place a heavy burden on the shoulders of registered nurses, providing them with the stability and security they so desperately need in the face of a global pandemic.” Unions representing tens of thousands of health care workers in Saskatchewan have approved new interim collective agreements. SAHO SEIU-West Agreement from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017 (3631 KB) SEIU-West represents approximately 11,400 employees in various support organizations in the province, including stenos, laboratory technologists, diagnostic technicians, security guards, transporters, guards, practical nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, caregivers, dieticians, domestic helpers and cooks. Workers in the former Health Regions of Saskatoon, Five Hills, Heartland and Cypress Hills had been without contracts for three years and, according to a letter to the province in June, talks between the union and SAHO were halted on May 22. “I am confident that registered nurses will welcome this good news, especially in these unprecedented times,” SUN President Tracy Zambory said in a press release. By submitting a comment, you agree that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in the manner chosen by CBC. Please note that CBC does not endorse the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story will be moderated in accordance with our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome as long as they are open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. CUPE represents approximately 13,600 employees in the Prairie North Health Region, Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, Regina Qu`Appelle Health Region, Sun Country Health Region and Sunrise Health Region.
The Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West), which represents 11,500 health care workers, including those working in long-term care, and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) were awarded a new four-year CBA on November 20. The Saskatchewan Nurses Union (SUN), which represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, and SAHO reached a new agreement on Monday. The news comes months after SEIU-West threatened industrial action if conditions in nursing homes did not improve. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names appear on each submission in CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in communities focused on children and youth). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed. In separate news releases, Health Minister Paul Merriman expressed satisfaction that the negotiations have created greater stability in Saskatchewan`s health care system, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members are employed in hospitals, health centres, long-term care facilities and home care. They fulfill a variety of roles, including nutrition, laundry and housekeepers, licensed practical nurses, radiology and laboratory technicians, housekeeping staff, cleaners, office workers and practical nurses. The collective agreement is valid for the period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017 and will remain in effect until a new collective agreement is concluded. .