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Today’s Meeting RESCHEDULED: Swift Current

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Office Move Notice: Swift Current

SEIU-West Swift Current is delighted to announce our upcoming move to new offices on April 26, 2013.

New address:

333 Central Avenue North
Swift Current, SK.
S9H 0L5

Phone and fax numbers remain the same:

Tel 306.773.2536
Fax 306.773.7535

Please Note: Our service capabilities will be interrupted for the move on Friday, April 26 and Monday, April 29. 

For urgent matters and immediate assistance on those days, please call the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 or use the “Contact Us” form and one of our staff members will be pleased to assist you.

We look forward to welcoming you at our new address as of Tuesday, April 30 2013.

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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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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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Member Meeting: Provincial Bargaining Info – Cypress 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 Cypress Health Region Information Meetings:

Bargaining Information Meeting Cypress 2012

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Member Meeting: Provincial Bargaining Info – Cypress 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 Cypress Health Region Information Meetings:

Bargaining Information Meeting Cypress 2012

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Provincial: SEIU-West members Invite Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety to Meet

On November 21, 2011, SEIU-West sent a letter to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety congratulating him on his successful retention of his portfolio.

In this same letter, the Honourable Don Morgan was invited to meet with members of SEIU-West members so a conversation could begin.

The letter is linked below:

November 21, 2012 Invite to Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety to Talk with healthcare providers

Healthcare providers are still awaiting a response from the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.

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Provincial: SEIU-West members Invite Minister of Health to Meet

On November 21, 2011, SEIU-West sent a letter to the Minister of Health congratulating him on his successful retention of his portfolio.

In this same letter, the Honourable Don McMorris was invited to meet with members of SEIU-West members so a conversation could begin.

The letter is linked below:

Invite to Minister of Health to talk with Healthcare Providers

A month later, this was his response to the invitation from SEIU-West members:

Minister of Health’s Response to Invite from SEIU-West Healthcare Providers

On February 6, 2012, Barbara Cape sent a follow up letter to the Minister of Health encouraging him to take the time to meet with healthcare providers as he has shown “a willingness and interest to listen to Registered Nurse perspective”. You can read the full letter by clicking the link below:

February 6, 2012 Letter to Minister McMorris – Meeting request follow up

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Trade Unions Accountable to Membership

November 9, 2011

For Immediate Release

Saskatoon – The members of Service Employees International Union – West (SEIU-West) question why Brad Wall and the SaskParty government are targeting trade unions on financial transparency and accountability when they don’t require it from other member-driven organizations. “I’m just angry that he would question our union’s accountability! I expect that accountability from our union and have seen it in action,” said Lisa Zunti, SEIU-West member.

“We understand the value of transparency and accountability. We share our annual budget and projections with our members on a regular basis” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “What we want to know is why the working people of Saskatchewan, particularly those in health care, do not have the same right to this kind of disclosure when public monies are being spent by the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO)?”

“Our members endured twenty seven (27) months of collective bargaining – a process which was plagued with an expensive media campaign, compliments of SAHO, including television ads, radio ads, glossy posters, print ads and letters sent to their homes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were obviously spent,” stated Cape.

“When our members asked us how many dollars were being spent by SAHO, we forwarded a request under The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, seeking an answer to this question. The government advised us that SAHO is a non-profit, non-government association which is membership based and not covered by the Act. However, there was an acknowledgement that the government does indeed provide funding to SAHO.”

Janice Platzke, Treasurer for SEIU-West commented, “Will there be the same reporting requirements for other member-driven organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) or the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation (CTF) or SAHO? Or is Premier Wall simply singling out trade unions based on intolerance?”

As the health care provider members of SEIU-West prepare to go into their next round of negotiations with SAHO, the leadership of SEIU-West is hopeful that things will go much better this time.

“We are hopeful that the SaskParty will not continue to pursue any more regressive labour legislation.  Our members are the backbone of the healthcare system and provide the best quality healthcare possible under some very challenging circumstances. Introducing legislation like this is a waste of time for the Legislative Assembly and distracts from the collective bargaining process. Let’s move on.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 12,000 Health Care providers across Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

Click on the following link for a printable PDF version of this release: Trade Unions Accountable to Membership

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Revised Media Release – We are Health Care Voters and Proud of it

November 8, 2011

Saskatoon – The results are in from the provincial election and the members of Service Employees International Union – West (SEIU-West) are wondering what the impact of a second SaskParty majority will have on their work and the communities they live in.

“This was an important election season for the working people of Saskatchewan,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Unionized or not, it is the people of this province that make Saskatchewan great. We will continue to engage with this new government on the needs of all people who live and work in all the communities in this province, not just the CEOs.”

Since the election was called in October, SEIU-West Member Political Organizers worked diligently to spread the word about the importance of this election and the need to ask critical questions of their local candidates, but most importantly, the need to vote.

“I’m a health care voter is a great campaign,” said Roberta Gough, “It’s simple and sends a statement that Health Care is an important to me and we will be continuing to send that message throughout our upcoming round of bargaining.”

As the health care provider members of SEIU-West prepare to go into their next round of negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), the leadership of SEIU-West is hopeful that things will go much better this time.

“As workers and voters, we will be requesting meetings with our provincial representatives and we do expect that they want to meet with us,” said Barbara Cape. In the past, SEIU-West members have had great difficulty getting meetings with their Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Cape continues, “The ‘I’m a health care voter’ campaign is not over, it’s just beginning.”

SEIU-West represents approximately 12,000 Health Care providers across Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

Click on the following link for a printable PDF of this release: Revised – We are Health Care Voters and Proud of it

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