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Labour Day BBQ – Moose Jaw

Please join us for a fun afternoon in the park behind the Union Centre!LABOUR-DAY-EVENT

If the weather is bad, we will be in the Main Hall.

Burgers and hot dogs (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)

Entertainment and games for the kids.

Music provided by “Desperate for Haggis” (11:30 am to 2:00 pm).

Everyone is welcome!

 

Printable PDF poster:

 

LABOUR DAY EVENT – Moose Jaw

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MEDIA RELEASE: Residents of Providence Place Deserve Safe Care

For Immediate Release – April 8, 2015

Moose Jaw – The leaders and members of SEIU-West were distressed by the recent news story centred upon a tragedy at Providence Place where a resident died after eating detergent pods.

“SEIU-West represents the hard working, dedicated health care staff who work on the front line at this facility, and the issue of understaffing has been an ongoing problem which has been brought to the attention of Providence Place and its health region time and time again,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “It is especially upsetting to hear the response from the CEO of Providence Place. By saying he’s seen ‘no sign of unresolved issues’ from residents or staff, he admits that he has ignored the communications and letters we have shared with him, the Providence Place Board of Directors and senior leadership of Five Hills Health Region.”

In January of 2015, just two months before this tragic incident, SEIU-West sent a letter to each Board member of Providence Place outlining our concerns, and copied Mr. Nyhof. “We explained about the hazards presented to residents and workers when unsafe staffing levels are chronic,” continued Cape. “Unfortunately, our invitation to come together ‘to begin to work together to make improvements in a system that is under siege for marquee catastrophes, rather than letting this become the next big media story’ received no meaningful reply from anyone associated with Providence Place.

On April 2, 2015, the provincial government stated that funding to Providence Place has increased by 46 per cent since 2007 and that staffing has increased by 9 per cent. Evidently, this increase has not alleviated understaffing and moreover, that increase spans a time period from 8 years ago and doesn’t appear to include the much needed front-line staff. Of concern to the staff is that when the Five Hills Health Region was given an opportunity to receive more funding with the 2013 ‘Urgent Action Fund’, there is no mention of Providence Place in the Five Hills Health Region’s application. Furthermore, the ‘funded priority areas’ for Five Hills involved (1) purchasing new tubs and track lifts, (2) purchasing equipment for priority facilities, and (3) using Lean initiatives to help improve residents’ personal routines and schedules. These initiatives require enough staff to be able to actually use the new equipment.

“It is especially disconcerting to learn that the Five Hills Health Region was one of few regions in Saskatchewan that did not ask for funding towards its staffing levels in 2013. At the same time, SEIU-West was ringing alarms about unsafe staffing levels within the health region,” said Cape. “This tragedy was a heartbreaking event for the family and our members at Providence Place. We must ensure adequate resources and attention are brought to bear on the ongoing crisis in unsafe staffing.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour, purple and one union, SEIU-West and they want you to know that purple works in our community! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733

 

For a printable PDF of this release, please click on the link below:

MR-20150408ProvPlaceStaffLevels-FINAL

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Education: Duty to Accommodate (DTA)/Attendance Support

Attention: SEIU-West Health Care Workers in Five Hills Health Region/Extendicare 

Who should go?

  • Active Unit Executive Officers or Shop Stewards who represents members and meets with management with respect to your Health Region’s or Extendicare DTA/Attendance Support.
  • Each unit is allowed to send two representatives.

What will you learn?

  • Participants will learn the legislative framework of the Duty to Accommodate, the role of the Regional DTA Committee and the role of the unit elected representative throughout the process.

When is the workshop?

  • February 12, 2013

Where is this workshop taking place?

  • Moose Jaw

Why should you take part in this workshop?

  • The Attendance Support training will provide participants with the understanding of what an attendance support program is and how to represent members in attendance support meetings.

Sounds good, how do I register?

  • Please contact your Unit Chairperson as soon as possible and let them know you are interested in attending.

Please Note: All of SEIU-West’s events are Scent-Free Zones.

Click on the link below for the printable PDF of the poster:

Moose Jaw Duty to Accommodate Workshop – Five Hills Health Region and Extendicare

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Season of Giving

We are happy to announce that a total of 366lbs of food was donated by SEIU-West Members for the Moose Jaw Food Bank.

In addition, gifts from our Members are being gathered for donation to a local Moose Jaw women’s shelter for the Christmas season.

366lbs of food was donated by SEIU-West Members for the Moose Jaw Food Bank

Pictured left to right: Neil Colmin, Maureen Colmin, Shannon Korbo and Karen Trafford

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National Addictions Awareness Week

In honour of National Addictions Awareness Week (November 19 to 25, 2012), SEIU-West would like to recognize the compassionate and expert care our members provide for those troubled by addiction in Saskatchewan.

As Trevor, an attendant with the Saskatchewan Impaired Drivers Treatment Centre puts it, “We are a positive alternative to incarceration and serve the community at large by working to reduce impaired driving and substance abuse by providing tools to increase motivation for positive change.”

To find out more about addiction service organizations, click on the links below:

Angus Campbell Centre

MACSI – Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.

Saskatchewan Impaired Drivers Treatment Centre

Addiction Awareness Government webpage

 

 

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President’s message: 2012 Civic Elections

Across Saskatchewan, towns and cities are preparing for the municipal elections on October 24… a lot of us don’t really pay attention to these elections…but we SHOULD!

If you flush your toilet, or drive on the streets in your community or pay taxes on your house – you should care. Our water, our roads, and our property taxes are governed by our city and town councils. Our schools (whether public or separate) are governed by school boards who are having elections at the same time.

Let’s face it, municipal and school board elections aren’t nearly as polarizing or riveting as provincial or federal elections, but the decisions made in the city hall or the school board office impact us and our families more closely than provincial or federal politics.

The great thing about this municipal election cycle is that we have two of our very own SEIU-West members taking the challenge of running for municipal election: Sandy Weyland, a LPN at the Humboldt Hospital and a member of the SEIU-West Executive Board is running for city council in Humboldt; and James Ford, who works at Extendicare Preston in Saskatoon, is running in Ward 5 in Saskatoon. It takes a lot of courage and dedication to run for city council – no matter where you are in the province. Most of the people running for election are running because they want to make a difference in their city or town for their neighbours, friends and community.

There’s a responsibility to show up and vote: whether you want a new stadium in Regina or better pest control in Swift Current; whether you want to see the Victoria St. bridge replaced in Saskatoon or an affordable housing program in Moose Jaw… these are issues that we can all relate to.

Other people you might want to hear about: Deb Higgins is running for Mayor of Moose Jaw – yes, THAT Deb Higgins. She’s been a good friend to SEIU-West members across the province, no matter what sector you work in. And Ann Iwanchuk is running in Ward 3 in Saskatoon and is a CUPE staff rep who has worked hard on civic issues that impact members working on the West side of Saskatoon.

The Labour Councils have also worked hard in identifying issues that matter to workers and their families and information can be obtained from them as follows:

• Saskatoon and District Labour Council- link to their website at www.saskatoondlc.ca and click on the Municipal Matters button;

• Regina and District Labour Council – contact Shobna Rodons, spradons@sasktel.net or telephone 306-530-7826;

• Humboldt and District Labour Council, – contact Sharon Cameron, sharon.cameron@sasktel.net or 306-231-7377;

• Moose Jaw and District Labour Council contact President Stacy Landin staceylandin@sasktel.net.

Municipalities matter – infrastructure (water/roads/sewers/rec facilities) matter – our communities matter! And providing these services through public services will keep your taxes in your community and not in private corporation’s hands.

Whether you are in Humboldt, or Saskatoon, or Regina, or Swift Current or Estevan – you need to get out to vote on October 24!

We have provided a link on our website so that you can find out where to vote. Vote in the advance polls or vote on October 24 – but whatever you do, you need to VOTE!!!

For civic election information please visit the following links (in alphabetical order):

• In Estevan www.estevan.ca/

• In Humboldt http://cityofhumboldt.ca/default.aspx

• In Moose Jaw www.moosejaw.ca/?service=election-areas

• In Regina www.regina.ca/residents/elections/polling-stations/

• In Saskatoon www.saskatoon.ca/CITY%20COUNCIL/Elections/Pages/WheretoVote.aspx

• In Swift Current www.swiftcurrent.ca/city_hall.php?name=Sections&cp=viewarticle&artid=450

• In Weyburn http://city.weyburn.sk.ca/

If you reside in another town/city location, please visit the home page of the town/city website for additional information.

 

 

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Shop Steward II Workshop

If you are interested in attending Stewards in Action Level II and you are an active Shop Steward who has already completed Shop Steward Level I training, you are eligible to attend.

Contact your Unit Chairperson as each Unit is able to send two representatives.

Space is limited so apply early! For more information, please feel free to call your local Union office!

 

Course Description:

Stewards in Action Level II – The Next Step

This one-day course is designed for any Unit Executive Officer, or Shop Steward who represents members, meets with management on behalf of the Union, and has previously completed the Stewards in Action, Level I course.

The course objective is to explore in more detail the roles and responsibilities of the Shop Steward; how to handle grievances and complaints; steps of the grievance process; and how to write a grievance report.

Union Representatives attend part of the afternoon session to provide some hands-on experience to the participants and to answer any questions regarding the grievance process.

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Member Meeting: Provincial Bargaining Info – Five Hills Health Region

All SEIU-West members who work under the SAHO collective bargaining agreement are invited to attend the various information meetings around the province.

Click on the link below for the complete list of Five Hills Health Region Information Meetings:

Bargaining Information Meetings Five Hills

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Member Meeting: Provincial Bargaining Info – Five Hills Health Region

All SEIU-West members who work under the SAHO collective bargaining agreement are invited to attend the various information meetings around the province.

Click on the link below for the complete list of Five Hills Health Region Information Meetings:

Bargaining Information Meetings Five Hills

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Media Release: SEIU-West Members Ratify 4 Year Contract at Moose Jaw & District EMS

For Immediate Release – April 2, 2012

Moose Jaw – The SEIU-West Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the workers have accepted the contract that was negotiated with Moose Jaw & District EMS.

“We are content that the seniority issue has been resolved,” said Neil Diacon, Moose Jaw and District EMS worker and bargaining committee member. “I can’t say that it was easy to get to but the employer seems to understand the necessity of having stable staff in order to provide stable care”.

Ballots cast on Friday, March 29, 2012 revealed a 66% vote in favour of accepting the memorandum of agreement.

“Our members collectively made the decision a number of weeks ago to pursue an agreement that is fair and equitable when compared with others who provide a similar service in the province of Saskatchewan,” said Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer for SEIU-West. “Though it’s not exactly what members wanted, as you can see by the level of acceptance, this Agreement was hard fought and comes as a result of their determination and resolve”.

SEIU-West members who provide emergency medical services in the community of Moose Jaw and Central Butte did have to employ some job action but kept their promise to the community that their services would continue.

“Though we didn’t get everything we set out to achieve, we think that we were able to make good compromises that ultimately improve the working lives of our members in Moose Jaw and Central Butte and the service for the public,” continued Barrett.

Other changes in the contract include improved Union recognition and grievance procedure provisions as well as continued wage parity with EMS workers in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. The new collective agreement will expire March 31, 2015.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

For a printable PDF of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: SEIU-West Members Ratify 4 Year Contract at Moose Jaw & District EMS

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