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MEDIA ADVISORY: SEIU-West Applauds Expansion of Services

For Immediate Release – July 15, 2015

Saskatoon –SEIU-West leaders and members will be on hand July 16, 2015 to add their voices and support for the expansion of health services for First Nations and Métis people at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon.

“SEIU-West is proud to partner on this initiative with the Saskatoon Health Region as we move forward with a model of care that embraces diversity within our community,” said Neil Colmin, Vice-President of SEIU-West. “We are happy to know that our First Nations and Métis communities will have access to better health care services and are hopeful that this leads to better health outcomes in the future.”

Who:  SEIU-West members and leaders from RUH
Vice-President, Neil Colmin
What: First Nations and Métis Health Service Expansion Celebration
Date:  Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location:            Royal University Hospital
Main Mall area, near the fireplace
Refreshments to follow

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who 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 note that purple works in our communities! 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

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: SEIU-West Applauds Expansion of Services

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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 Canada Health Accord in partnership with provincial and territorial governments. The Canada Health Accord expired one year ago today.

“One year after cancelling the accord, Saskatchewan has a new provincial budget that has created financial burdens for our health regions which impacts their patients, clients and residents and our members who deliver health care services,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Though, we will not fully appreciate the loss of the Health Accord until 2017, this loss of funding will have a profound impact on the services and programs offered in the Saskatchewan health system and has the potential to setback many other social programs in our province.”

The federal government has officially withdrawn from their guaranteed investment of 6% increase to the Canada Health Transfer payments and Saskatchewan stands to lose up $100 million per year in funding for our provincial health care system. Their decision to let the accord expire with no effort to negotiate a new arrangement with the provinces represents an abandonment of the federal government’s indispensable leadership role in Medicare. This role is meant to ensure that the provinces respect core Medicare principles of public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility.

“We call on our provincial government to act quickly and insist upon discussions with the federal government to renew the accord. The federal government needs to be a full partner so that we have the assurance of their commitment and investment for the future provision of Canada’s public health care services,” continued Cape.

“We believe that the expiry of the Canada Health Accord is a recipe for disaster. Our members continue to have questions about the extent of our provincial government’s springboard into private for-profit options under the senior care envelope of the current provincial budget; we see such strategies as a method to erode standards and quality of care for our residents, clients and patients,” Cape added. “As a valued public service, decreased health care funding can only create a downward spiral resulting in longer wait times, more hallway care, dirty hospitals and unsafe staffing levels. Health care has historically been extended as a right to Canadians; it should not be viewed a privilege and it should be funded in partnership with the federal government as it was intended.”

SEIU-West represents more than thirteen thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 8733

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

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MEDIA RELEASE: Residents of Rose Villa Deserve Safe Care

For Immediate Release – March 11, 2015    

Saskatoon – The leaders and members of SEIU-West were distressed by the allegations centred on their union in the CTV news story regarding empty beds at Rose Villa, a long-term care facility, in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

“Nothing could be further from reality than the comment made by Ms. Minish in the story,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “She claimed that the ‘administration is restricted and controlled by the Union’ at Rose Villa. The truth is that SEIU-West has been both collaborative and supportive of the efforts to fill vacant staff positions so as to extend operations to full capacity. One of our unit leaders from Rose Villa, Colleen Denniss, recently participated in career fairs in Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon where she actively made a pitch for graduates to consider recruitment in this community, among others. SEIU-West sponsored this attendance.”

Shelly Banks, Vice-President of SEIU-West and a full-time Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) at Rose Villa, takes exception to the story and added: “It is regrettable that the general public does not know the many reasons for our current dilemma. Our members are giving up vacation time and work crushing overtime hours in order to fill vacant shifts. It is an anomaly when we come to work and have full baseline staffing; working short has become the norm.”

“Let’s be clear, this is not what our union wants at all,” continued Banks. “We welcome full-time jobs and we remind the employer when jobs remain un-posted. The problems of Rose Villa cannot be blamed on the very people who are struggling each day to meet the care needs of the 48 residents who currently live at our facility.”

“We agree that Rose Villa is challenged with retention and recruitment issues. While we have actively promoted timely posting and filling of vacancies at this facility, there is a shortage of available candidates for these positions here and elsewhere in the province,” added Cape. “We share the frustration of not having all the beds open and we want the shortage of care providers addressed. However, we must all realize that it is irresponsible and unsafe to open beds when we have insufficient hands-on care providers to deliver the quality, compassionate and timely care our residents deserve.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who 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 note 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

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Recognition for the Nursing Team

Saskatoon – The leaders and members of SEIU-West want the public to be aware that Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide high quality, skilled professional care in the Saskatchewan health care system.

“We are very proud of the role that all of our members play in delivery of quality health care services,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “At SEIU-West, we recognize and value the full range of professional skills offered by our members who are an essential part of the health care team.  We try to provide the same consideration to other occupations.”

Bylaw changes being proposed by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) have been compiled on the basis of current work of LPNs, as they are responsible for a variety of nursing care duties. For example, an LPN working as a part of the endoscopy team will be screening for colon, bladder, and stomach cancer; an LPN in a medicine unit will administer medications, take vital signs, check blood sugars, do wound care, dressing changes and perform IV insertions. Full scope LPN’s are able to assess patients, admit them and provide all of their nursing care requirements. LPNs have had expanded education that includes such things as IV therapy, operating room specialty, foot care among others and this training has been recognized by SALPN  for five years.

”We have absolute confidence in the ability of our LPN members that needs to be shared with all patients, residents and clients due to the recent public comments made by the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) president, Tracy Zambory, in the context of SUN’s contract negotiations. We know that specialized LPN care has been recognized and accepted in both Manitoba and Alberta.  The reaction that it poses a threat to the RN profession and jobs is knee jerk at best. It is offensive to the LPNs in this province who provide competent, qualified, professional services and should be offensive to all the other members of the health care team. Regrettably, the destructive nature of these comments will undoubtedly be felt within many nursing teams across the province.”

Further, Cape adds, “We see the recent allegations of SUN as turf protection. It would seem obvious that an arbitrary number of staff classifications (i.e. RN) in a unit, department, facility or agency may not meet professional standards. There needs to be a proper analysis of the right person, the right service and the right time for all patients, clients and residents. We know that LPNs and CCAs put the heart into health care nursing teams as they provide the bulk of hands-on care. These providers go the extra mile everyday.”

SEIU-West represents more than twelve thousand health care providers in the province of Saskatchewan in four regional health authorities. They include health care professionals like continuing care assistants, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, food service workers, laundry, housekeeping and activity personnel, maintenance, sterile processing workers and administrative staff, among others. 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
Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: We Deserve Public Health Care

FOR MEDIA RELEASE: MARCH 31, 2014

Saskatoon – Spearheaded by the Canadian Health Coalition and supported by the Canadian Doctors for Medicare, members of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) have joined in the call for the federal government to recommit to public health care by renewing their partnership with provincial governments to achieve a new Canada Health Accord.

“Our clients need access to publicly funded and publicly delivered health care,” said Dennel Pickering, a Continuing Care Assistant working in Saskatoon home care. “They shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for a service that allows them to remain in their homes; without home care services, many of our clients would be forced to reside in a long term care facility.”

The current federal/provincial/territorial Health Accord expires today, March 31, 2014. This means that Saskatchewan stands to lose up $100 million per year in funding for our provincial health care system as the federal government withdraws from their guaranteed investment of 6% increase to the Canada Health Transfer payments.

“This loss of funding would have a staggering impact on the Saskatchewan Health System and has the potential to setback many other social programs in our province,” added Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Our provincial government needs to act quickly and insist upon renewal discussions with the federal government as a full partner so that we have the assurance of their commitment and investment for the future provision of healthcare services across Saskatchewan.

“I do not want to see our health care system get to a point where people cannot afford to access health care services to prevent a condition from getting worse,” said Dennel. “I want my kids to be able to get medical attention when they need it and not have to pay a large amount of money to do so.”

SEIU-West members believe that the expiry of the Canada Health Accord is a recipe for disaster. “As a valued public service, decreased health care funding can only create a downward spiral resulting in longer wait times, dirty hospitals and decreased staffing levels,” said Cape. “I believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege and should be funded as intended when it was first created.”

SEIU-West represents more than thirteen 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

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

 

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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.

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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 them medications. I also listen. I am a…

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SEIU-West is celebrating Healthcare Provider Week

For those of us who have sat in Palliative Care with a family member at the end of their journey, or have had to make the hard choice to put mom or dad into a care home, we know how important Health Care Providers are. The Health Care providers of this province are made up of many players, all contributing a vital piece of the health care puzzle.

We work in laundry, dietary, housekeeping, nursing, administrative support, technologies, operating room, pharmacy, recreation, rehabilitation, maintenance and in supplies, processing & distribution and many other areas of the health care workplace. We work in public health, in home care, in long term care and acute care. Our members are providing important support to people from birth to death and everything in between. These members comfort the individual but also the family members. And we think that’s pretty special.

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SEIU-West would like to say thank-you to all our members that help make it better. You are the backbone of health care.

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News Article: ‘We need to do better for Seniors in need of our care’

Facing complaints that include residents soiling themselves and receiving tub baths only once a week, the Saskatchewan government is injecting $10 million into an urgent issues action fund for long-term care facilities in the province…

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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…
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