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Preliminary contract agreement was reached for 11,500 healthcare workers in Saskatchewan




Agreements reached a probationary contractual agreement between SEIU-West and the Association of Saskatchewan Health Organizations (SAHO).

Union president Barbara Cape said shopping during the pandemic has been challenging.

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Our members have worked hard, without fail or hesitation, without a new collective agreement since March 31, 2017, Cape said in a statement on Friday.

For the SEIU-West negotiating committee, securing the work our members do on the front line of this pandemic is recognized as our priority.

Health Minister Paul Merriman said he was pleased to hear of a new deal.

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Collaborative efforts made by both parties to reach an agreement (ensure) stability in important health services during this challenging time of a pandemic, Merriman said in a statement.

SEIU-West members are highly regarded members of our healthcare teams and are supported by those of Saskatchewan residents and I would like to thank them for their dedication.

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The terms of the contract have not been published. Both sides said the details will be shared once ratified.

SEIU-West said members will meet by video and teleconference to review the details of the agreement before the vote, which must be ratified within 60 days.

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However, Cape said the deal, in itself, does not address staff shortages.

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We need real cooperation between the government, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the unions so that we can make substantial improvements to the system, Cape said.

Our government needs to invest in the first-line services provided in our healthcare system by really working with us in meaningful ways. They need to assess that health care is interrelated between hospitals, long-term care, home care and community services and mental health.

SEIU-West represents over 11,500 licensed practicing nurses, intensive care assistants, carers, clerical staff and other occupations working in acute care, long-term care, home care, primary health care, emergency medicine, public health and health services mental.

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