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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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CURC/CLC Pre-Retirement Course

Are you thinking about retiring in the next 10 years? If so, this course is a must for you and your spouse or partner.

Can you afford to retire? Are you concerned about health issues? Wonder what you will do with your free time? Do you wonder how leaving your workplace will affect your family and friends?

This course is presented by retirees who have tackled those questions and a lot more in their lives.

To register by October 19th, please call Saskatoon and District Labour Council at 306.384.0303.

For more information, click on the link below to download the printable PDF poster regarding this course:

Pre-Retirement Course November 2012

Participant Letter November 2012

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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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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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CURC/CLC Pre-Retirement Course

Are you thinking about retiring in the next 10 years? If so, this course is a must for you and your spouse or partner.

Can you afford to retire? Are you concerned about health issues? Wonder what you will do with your free time? Do you wonder how leaving your workplace will affect your family and friends?

This course is presented by retirees who have tackled those questions and a lot more in their lives.

To register by October 19th, please call Saskatoon and District Labour Council at 306.384.0303.

For more information, click on the link below to download the printable PDF poster regarding this course:

Pre-Retirement Course November 2012

Participant Letter Nov 2012

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Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity Workshop

The SEIU-West Executive Board has approved up to 5 members to attend the workshop “Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity.” Details for this workshop are in a printable PDF verion below. If you are interested, please fill out the enclosed Expression of Interest form and return to Barbara Cape, your local President, before the end of the workday on October 19th, 2012. All approved attendees will be covered under the local expense policy. Thank you for your interest in this workshop and future events.

Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity Workshop & Expression of Interest Form

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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; this time due to weather and road conditions.

“Our members want the public to know that the laundry situation is not settled and that the supply problems impact their safety when accessing healthcare services,” said Terry Zahorski, SEIU-West Union Representative. “The situation is one late delivery short of a crisis for all the healthcare facilities that rely on central laundry services.”

When Central Laundry was operational, it provided clean linen to all the Saskatoon area hospitals, and healthcare facilities including Saskatoon City Hospital, Royal University Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Oliver Lodge to name a few. Due to the shut down of the facility for Health and Safety issues, the region has been relying on linen coming in by truck from Calgary.

“SEIU-West provided a presentation to 3S Health and the SHR representatives in late August,” says Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Our presentation outlined the need for local control of supplies.  What we really need is a Saskatoon laundry solution. This is the largest health region in the province and we are concerned that a lack of laundry resources will compromise the quality and safety of client, resident and patient care.”

SEIU members who work as part of the health care team want to improve the quality of publicly-delivered health care services and were supportive of the presentation which outlined the necessity for a public provider to ensure the design of a laundry operations utilizing the skilled, trained workforce available to the region and which would adopt the efficient and timely processes known as ‘LEAN’, in the provision of laundry services.

“Our members have communicated their growing concerns both to the employer and to us,” states Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We do not want to see supplies run out, surgeries or procedures cancelled and health care compromised. We continue to press for a much-need public laundry service within SHR.”

SEIU-West represents approximately eleven thousand health care providers in the province of Saskatchewan. They include special care aides, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, food service workers, laundry, housekeeping and activity personnel, maintenance, sterile processing workers, and administrative staff, among others.

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 For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

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

Media Release: The Need for a Saskatoon Laundry Solution

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United Way 2012 Kick Off

This is just another example of SEIU-West members working in the community, YWCA members at the Saskatoon & Area United Way 2012 Kick Off. Unionized members sharing in a common vision to have a prosperous, inclusive, diverse and respectful community. Working together to reach the 6.7 million dollar goal!

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Media Release: New Members Form Union with SEIU-West

For Immediate Release – September 19, 2012

Saskatoon – The Union members employed at Marion Chateau in Regina, the Bentley in Saskatoon and the Bentley in Yorkton all gave resounding support to their bargaining teams by voting in favour of tentative collective agreements last week. These are the first collective agreements with their employer Revera Retirement Communities.

The contracts achieved the Union’s goal of equal benefits and treatment for these workers compared to those workers employed with the same employer and affiliated with the same union at the Bentley Hillsdale in Regina and the Bentley in Moose Jaw.

“We made significant gains in getting this employer to recognize that this is really just one workplace,” said Kerry Barrett, Lead Negotiator. “It does not matter if you work in Yorkton; you deserve the same benefits and protections as your co-workers in Regina.”

The one area where there was no movement was equal rates of pay. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get there with this contract but I think the gains we’ve made are a good start and will improve the workplace for everyone involved. Our members look forward to fostering an even stronger relationship with their Employer over the life of this contract,” continued Barrett.

Each facility employs between 25 and 30 workers. Some workers prepare and serve meals to the residents; others do housekeeping and laundry duties, as well as, transport residents to appointments and other personal activities within their communities.

“We look forward to continuing our support of these new members as they shape their workplace and become more confident in their abilities as Union leaders,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We are proud of our newest SEIU-West members. In a very short time they have accomplished a great deal by working together. It is obvious that they see the value of forming a union to improve both their working lives and their future.”

SEIU-West represents over 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:

Kerry Barrett, Negotiations Officer – 306.690.4407

 

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

Media Release: New Members Form Union with SEIU-West

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Labour Day – BBQ in the Park

The Saskatoon and District Labour Council invites everyone to attend the Labour Day barbeque in the Park.

Come on out to Victoria Park (by Riversdale Pool) for food, community, fun, entertainment, and children’s activities – Everyone is welcome and its FREE of charge!

Click on the link below to download the event poster:

SDLC Labour Day Poster 2012

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