„I am very pleased that collective bargaining with our major health unions is successful,“ Health Minister Paul Merriman said in the statement. „I would like to thank everyone for their joint efforts to reach these milestones and continue to provide valuable health services to the people of our province.“ SUN represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and nurses across Saskatchewan. SEIU-West represents 11,500 more people in the health sector, from long-term care to psychiatric services. It is also „one of the first public health agreements to recognize the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,“ the press release said. The five-year SEIU-West contract runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. In the first two years, there was no increase in wages. This results in an increase of one percent and some 2 percent – plus the option for a sixth year, also at 2%. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West) on Thursday ratified new collective agreements with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations. According to a provincial press release, this is the first time an agreement has been reached for all unionized employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) since the inception of the SHA in December 2017.
SUN`s six-year contract runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2024. No wage increases were expected in the first two years, followed by a 1% increase this year and three consecutive increases of two per cent thereafter. To promote thoughtful and respectful conversations, first names and surnames will appear at each filing at CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in child and youth-focused communities). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed. Members are employed in hospitals, health centres, long-term care centres and home care. They perform a wide range of tasks, including nutrition, laundry and home helpers, licensed nurse practitioners, radiology and laboratory technicians, maintenance staff, cleaning staff, office workers and nursing assistants. In making a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment, in any manner that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to comment at any time.
CUPE represents approximately 13,600 employees in the Prairie North Health Region, the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, Regina Qu`Appelle Health Region, Sun Country Health Region and Sunrise Health Region.