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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Virtual Town Hall Follow Up Part One

On September 27 & 28, SEIU-West held a virtual townhall which was a province wide teleconference for all our SAHO and Extendicare members. The purpose was to provide a status update on provincial health care negotiations with SAHO and our health region employers.

We have bargained on a number of dates, most recently a 10 day marathon scheduled from Sept 14 to 24. As well, SEIU-West had also spent the month of August travelling throughout the province to talk with our members to provide an update and get feedback.

The response to the townhall was incredible and I want to thank those of you who joined us. This is new technology for us and I believe it was useful to broaden our reach with our members. For those data nerds among us, we reached a total of over 1400 attendees on our 7 pm call on Sept. 27 and for our 2 pm call on Sept. 28, we reached a total of over 900 attendees.

We didn’t get to all of the members questions on the calls, so what I’d like to do over the course of the next few days is set out the questions and provide responses. There might be some repetition from the call, but it will help to repeat the answers.

  1. With regard to paybands going (one up and one down) have they considered adding more than one step at the top end? – Candice, Saskatoon. The short answer to this is no, we haven’t considered adding 2 steps at the top end. Partly because we’ve developed the pay band structure within the JJE Pay Equity Plan and there hasn’t been a great number of members looking to add more steps to the pay bands. However, members have certainly indicated that they want to see general wage increases applied to the current pay bands!
  2. Do they know if the government wants to centralize scheduling out of the rural areas and into urban? – Jeremy, Harris. We have had no clear statement that government is looking for that level of centralization within the new Saskatchewan Health Authority. On the townhall call, we talked about how many different call-in systems are at play in the province; there’s a different system in each RHA and there is likely a split between urban and rural. With that being said, with a new provincial health region, we fully expect that there would be some streamlining of the call-in processes and that would include some work around scheduling. But the specifics of this, we do not know.
  3. Do they not realize we are going to have a harder time recruiting in rural Sask with the change in pay bands? – Tina, Nokomis. We would have a hard time recruiting all over the province! Whether it’s urban or rural, we can’t find staff to recruit into health care. If you are in the trades, nursing, food services, techs…you name it…we are competing with private companies, other provinces and quite simply, it’s a challenge to get the trained, skilled workforce that we need…and that’s at the current rates, let alone if there were 2 lower pay bands! But let me be very clear, this direction is coming from the Government of Saskatchewan in order to save money in health care. I don’t think they know (or care) how it gets done, they are bound and determined to save health care $$$ on the backs of front line health care workers…and what we have heard over and over is that our members will not stand for it!!

We’ll have some more questions posted tomorrow, but remember: NO cuts – NO rollbacks – PAY US what we are worth – TREAT US with respect.

There is a rally coming up on October 25 at the Legislature building in Regina…there are free buses from all over the province to take you there. Bring your neighbours, your families and your friends…we need to stand together and fight back on this proposal. For more details, check our website at www.seiuwest.ca

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Coming Soon: SAHO Bargaining Update Meetings

Your SAHO Bargaining Team will be coming to your facility/community over the course of the coming weeks to talk about how the negotiations are going and listen to your questions regarding bargaining.Poster-No-Cuts-SAHO-Bargaining

Meetings will be held between August 10, 2017 and September 1, 2017

Watch for meeting time and location posters coming soon!

Click to download a printable PDF of the SAHO Bargaining Update poster.

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SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update No. 1

Print off your copy of your SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update No.1

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

On March 7, the coalition of health provider unions (SEIU-West, CUPE and SGEU) had our first meeting with the Sask. Association of Healthcare Organizations (SAHO) to begin the process of bargaining our new collective agreements. The parties did not formally exchange proposal packages, rather our discussions dealt with processes (traditional or collaborative) of negotiations, logistics, and some of the outside factors that could influence bargaining. When we talk about ‘outside factors’ we mean government.

You see government is not supposed to interfere in collective bargaining; while it is the funder of health care, the system is run by the regional health authorities. The theory behind this relationship is to let the employers (RHA’s) and their negotiator (SAHO) achieve the best deal at the bargaining table without the influence/interference of politicians. Sadly, for everyone involved, government decided to interfere significantly.

In the middle of our meeting, while the provider unions were caucusing, SAHO came back into the room to deliver a message on behalf of the Minister of Finance. As many of you will have heard or read about, the Minister of Finance wrote to each union to outline that government Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) were being asked to take a 3.5% wage reduction. Further to that, their political staffers were going to agree (voluntold?) to nine unpaid days off per year (equivalent to 3.5%). We were then ‘invited’ to give the government our ideas around how the unions were going to achieve the savings target within the public sector.

Let’s be clear here, politicians make a heck of a lot more than most health care workers; the base salary of an MLA is approximately $96,000/year…a 3.5% reduction brings their salary down to approximately $93,000/year. Compare that same 3.5% reduction for someone working on the front line of health care for $20-$30/hour… a 3.5% reduction is like losing approximately two weeks of pay per year! That is a significantly different impact on a household budget!!

This hard target by the Sask Party government comes literally in the middle of our very first meeting with SAHO and the health regions to begin bargaining. The provider unions are now facing the threat of concession demands at the bargaining table, another reorganization of the health care structure (and the inevitable resulting chaos), changes in the governance of our benefit plans, and now this?!

This round of bargaining is going to be difficult, it’s going to be troubled and it’s going to test all of us. You have heard this before, every round of bargaining is more difficult than the last. We need all of our members to stand up with their union bargaining committee to demonstrate your support and determination that we need a fair and reasonable collective agreement that we can accept.

We have decided to set additional dates to meet after the upcoming budget address on March 22, where we may get further information about the Minister of Finance and the government’s targets and directions. We will be meeting with our bargaining committees and our coalition of unions to analyze the potential impact to our proposals and establish bargaining plans.

We encourage you to share your questions and concerns about bargaining with the SEIU-West bargaining committee by contacting us through the Member Resource Center at 1-888-999-7348 Ext 2298 or contact us through the “contact us” form on SEIUWEST.ca.

Your participation in your Union makes your Union strong.

In Solidarity,

Your SEIU-West Provincial Bargaining Committee
CHR: Janice Platzke (SEIU-West Treasurer) • FHHR: Brenda Berry; Donna Gallant • HHR: Colleen Denniss • SHR: Judy Denniss; Rick Brown; Simone Corriveau; Kim Wyatt; Charlene Sarafin; • Staff: Bob Laurie (Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Russell Doell (Deputy Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Kerry Barrett (Negotiations Officer) • President: Barbara Cape

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Benefits Presentations – 3sHealth

Please note that these sessions are afforded for those members who are enrolled in the Extended Health & Enhanced Dental Benefits Plan administered by 3s Health (previously SAHO).

Are you an SEIU-West member who has questions about your benefits plan? If so, these sessions are for you. Register today!

Location

 

Date and Time

 

Register

 

Saskatoon

200 – 747 46th Street West 

(Basement/main level)

May 2

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Email Tara.Hessie@seiuwest.ca

Phone 306.773.2536 x 3221

Saskatoon

200 – 747 46th Street West

(Large Board Room on 2nd floor)

May 3

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

CANCELLED

Moose Jaw

39 Athabasca Street West

May 3

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Email Tara.Hessie@seiuwest.ca

Phone 306.773.2536 x 3221

Moose Jaw

39 Athabasca Street West 

May 4

9:00 am – 11:30 am

 

CANCELLED

Swift Current

333 Central Avenue North

May 4

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

CANCELLED 

 

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Benefit Plan Enhancements for SEIU-West members who participate in the 3sHealth Benefits Plans

Effective July 1, 2015, the 3sHealth Extended Health Care Plan will be providing increased Hearing Aid coverage to plan members. Charges for the cost of, repair (excluding batteries or routine maintenance of) and installation of a hearing aid(s) purchased on the written recommendation of an audiologist will be covered to a maximum amount payable of $1,500 per insured person every five consecutive calendar years. This is an increase from the current coverage amount of $500 per insured person every five consecutive calendar years.

The new $1,500 hearing aid maximum will be applied to all eligible plan members. For example: if you purchased hearing aids on July 20, 2014 and received the $500 reimbursement, you will be eligible for the additional $1,000 in coverage between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019 (5 consecutive calendar years from the July 20, 2014 date of purchase).  On January 1, 2020 the plan member will be eligible for the $1,500 maximum amount.

Effective July 1, 2015 the 3sHealth Enhanced Dental Plan will be providing increased orthodontic coverage. The dependent child orthodontic lifetime maximum will be increasing from $1,500 to $2,500 per eligible dependent child. Adult orthodontic coverage is also being added at a $1,500 lifetime maximum. The adult orthodontic coverage applies to both the plan member and eligible spouse.

The new dependent child $2,500 orthodontic maximum will be applied to all eligible plan members. For example: if you purchased orthodontic services and previously reached the $1,500 orthodontic maximum, you will be eligible for the additional $1,000 in coverage effective July 1, 2015. Only expenses incurred after July 1, 2015 in accordance with an approved orthodontic treatment plan will be eligible. If orthodontic treatment concluded prior to July 1, 2015, those expenses are not eligible. Second example: if you reached the $1,500 orthodontic maximum on February 28, 2015, but your child is still undergoing orthodontic treatment, charges from March, April, May, and June 2015 are not eligible. However charges incurred from July 1, 2015 forward would be eligible up to $1,000.

If you have any questions about these plan enhancements and/or whether you are eligible to participate in the 3sHealth Benefits Plans, please contact a 3sHealth Benefit Services Officer at 1.866.278.2301 or by email at ebp@3shealth.ca.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact your SEIU-West Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1.888.999.7348.

 

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SHEPP Information Session: Saskatoon (evening)

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SHEPP Information Session: Saskatoon (afternoon)

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SHEPP Information Session: Swift Current

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SHEPP Information Session: Moose Jaw

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SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update no. 28

We wanted to provide you with a status up date on the implementation of the collective agreement that SEIU-West members voted to accept on Jan 21, 2014. Notice of ratification between SAHO and SEIU-West was exchanged on Jan. 24, 2014.

Click on the link below to download the printable PDF of the update:

SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update no. 28

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