We Deserve Public

Public Health Care:

SEIU-West members and leaders have joined the Canadian Health Coalition and others who are calling on the federal government to meet and revive their partnership with the provinces towards a renewed Health Accord.

Just the Facts: Canada Health Accord

Who wins when the federal government unilaterally decides to abandon their stewardship role of our health care system in Canada?  And what do we have to lose?

We may end up with 13 disparate health care systems in our provinces and territories based on what each can afford.  In Saskatchewan, we could potentially lose up to $100 million out of our health care funding.  This loss of funding has the potential to setback the health care system we know, as well as, many other social programs in our province.

As Canadians, we deserve publicly delivered health care that is comprehensive, universal, portable, and accessible on a uniform basis.  This is what is set out in The Canada Health Act.  We need to ensure that our politicians understand clearly that we value medicare, in its founding province, now more than ever.  And we want to preserve it.

This campaign provides a vehicle for our members, their families and the people in their communities to voice their concern and to urge our provincial leaders to agitate the federal government.  We need the government of Saskatchewan to demand the negotiation of a renewed Health Accord on our behalf.

Join the campaign and send your message today!


SEIU-West members are extremely concerned about the decisions being made by government to privatize (contract out) our public services in Saskatchewan.

These decisions will not result in improved service, nor will they lead to any cost savings.

2013-Web-Button-We-deserve-PublicPut simply – there is no regulated standard of care imposed on a private for-profit provider/corporation. So we lose the security of knowing that the service will meet the standard set by the public employer and be provided by professional staff with the required qualifications and training.

Most often privatization results in lower wages for workers – and big profits for the private for-profit provider/corporation.

Who wins when big profits leave the province? None of us do.

Who wins when public sector jobs are replaced with lower wages and fewer or no benefits? No one in our community.

As Canadians, we deserve public. We do not want to sacrifice our quality of service – with a view to increasing corporate profits.

This campaign will be exploring the various areas identified by the government where they are contemplating or facilitating the privatization of public services.

Click on the picture of the campaign you want to read more about:


Celebrate Home Care Month!

November is Home Care Month! Celebrate with us with a contest!

SEIU-West Submission to the Saskatchewan Government on MRI Privatization: Bill 179

Here is SEIU-West’s submission on MRI privatization. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a …

Say YES to Public Services!

Is the privatization of Saskatchewan’s vital public services really happening?
You bet it is. It is real and it is taking place quietly all across our province — in our hospitals, schools, roads, long term care facilities, and so much more.
Say YES to keeping and strengthening public services so they continue to benefit all of us today and tomorrow.

Send a letter to your MP demanding a renewal of our Canada Health Accord!

Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West), once again, join the voices of many for the federal government to recommit to public health care by renewing the Canada Health Accord in partnership with provincial and territorial …

MEDIA RELEASE: Canada’s Health Accord – A Necessary Bond for Medicare

For Immediate Release – March 31, 2015  Saskatoon – Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West), once again, join the voices of many for the federal government to recommit to public health care by renewing the …

Letter to the Editor: Safe Staff Levels

By Shelly Banks, The Star Phoenix – December 8th, 2014  I am a continuing care assistant (CCA) in rural Saskatchewan. I have been listening with interest to the recent public discourse around staffing levels in long-term care. I, too, wish to add my voice …

Just the Facts: Canada Health Accord

Are you aware that the federal government is refusing to renew the Health Accord? Take Action!

YouTube: The Human Cost of Privatization

Bev is a member of SEIU-West who worked in Central Laundry in Saskatoon. Since the closure of the facility in 2011, Bev’s life has changed significantly. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with …

Letter to the Editor: Hypocrisy Shows

By Ron Flach, The StarPhoenix – December 21, 2013 Only eight days after Premier Brad Wall declares his frustration publicly with Bill Doyle over the jobs lost at PotashCorp in this province, we learn that the government is privatizing jobs …

Letter to the Editor: Put People First

By Dennel Pickering, the Starphoenix – October 31, 2013 I am a continuing care assistant in home care. I go into people’s homes and assist them to live independently. I wash and dress elderly people, make their meals and give …

Letter to the Editor: Quality Declines

By Shelly Banks, The Starphoenix October 12, 2013 Saskatchewan residents should be concerned about the recent decision to privatize laundry and linen services in the health sector… To read this article on-line, click on the link below: Quality Declines – …

Reply from Official Opposition re: Privatization of Laundry/Linen Services

Thank you for providing me with a copy of your letter to Premier Wall and the hundreds of letters SEIU-West members submitted to the government regarding the privatization of laundry and linen services in our health care sector. I agree …

Reply from Government re: Privatization of Laundry/Linen Services

Thank you for your letter of July 30, 2013, regarding the recent announcement by 3sHealth on a new provincial laundry and linen service. I also acknowledge the letters you enclosed from SEIU-West members with regard to this announcement. The new …

Privatization of Laundry/Linen Services – letter to Brad Wall

I would like to share with you the enclosed letters from our SEIU-West members expressing their concern about the recent public announcement by 3sHealth to privatize public laundry and linen services within the health care sectors. Please find enclosed… Click …

Provincial Laundry Update

On June 13, 2013, SEIU-West President Barbara Cape took part in an SFL Media Conference in Regina that exposed the K-Bro plan for the privatization of laundry services in Saskatchewan. Research into the deal made between 3sHealth and K-Bro has …

Media Release: Private Laundry is No Solution for Health Care

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2013          Saskatoon – 3S Health released their decision today regarding laundry provision for Saskatchewan Health Regions. SEIU-West members and leaders are extremely concerned and disappointed to learn that all health regions will lose control over …

Front Line Newsletter – December 2012

 December 2012 Issue: Migrant Workers Face Struggle Bullying Research Report President’s Message Member of Distinction Did You Know? Legislative Roundup Education Sector Laundry Update Community Sector Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with …

Media Release: The Need for a Saskatoon Laundry Solution

For Immediate Release – October 24th, 2012 Saskatoon – SEIU-West members employed in the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) are concerned that the region may soon run out of clean laundry and linens. The Calgary supplies have, once again been disrupted; …

Media Release: Ready and Steady Supply of Clean Laundry is Needed

For Immediate Release – March 9, 2012 Saskatoon – SEIU-West members who work at the Central Laundry facility in Saskatoon attended a meeting today to hear about plans for the future of laundry services in Saskatchewan. 3sHealth (Shared Services Saskatchewan …

Saskatoon Health Region Closes Central Laundry

For Immediate Release November 29, 2011 Saskatoon – SEIU-West leaders and members met with representatives of Saskatoon Health Region yesterday to hear the announcement of the immediate closure of the Central Laundry facility. “Staff are sad and set back on …