Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO Inc.) have successfully entered into a new interim collective agreement. This agreement will allow a total of four union collective agreements, which, with the exception of affiliated organizations, are now all active within a single provincial health authority. Details of the new collective agreement will be shared until ratification by seiU-West-Mitglieder and SAHO Inc. “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both parties to achieve pandemic stability in essential health services in these difficult times,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman. “SEIU-West members are highly valued members of our health teams and are being abandoned by the people of Saskatchewan, and I want to thank them for their commitment.” SEIU-West represents 11,500 licensed nurse practitioners, specialized nursing assistants, office workers and other occupations working in acute care, long-term care, home care, basic health care, emergency medicine, public health and mental health services. SEIU-West said members would meet via video and teleconference to verify details of the agreement before the vote, which must be ratified within 60 days. The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations said in a press release that the agreement will make a total of four union collective agreements that, with the exception of member organizations, are now all active in a single provincial health authority. “They will be able to verify the terms of the interim agreement, ask questions and express their opinion through their vote.” Details of the agreement will not be made public until after the vote. The agreement must be ratified within 60 days. A preliminary agreement has been reached between SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Union members have been without a collective agreement since March 2017 and have tackled problems very loudly that have been compounded by new pandemic security measures that are now in force.
Cape said the agreement did not meet what it calls “critical understaffing.” SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have tentatively entered into a collective agreement after three and a half years without a ratified contract. Details of the eventual agreement may not be published until after the vote of the Seiu-West members. In the coming weeks, members of the SEIU-West-Gesundheitswesen will check the details of the agreement before the vote, according to a press release. “Our members have been working hard since March 31, 2017 without a new collective agreement, error or insert,” Cape said in a statement Friday.