SEIU-West has been attempting to negotiate a collective agreement with SAHO and their funder, the Saskatchewan Government, for over 1300 days with no end in sight.
Our SEIU-West health care provider team works hard every day to provide timely, compassionate hands-on care and services for the people of Saskatchewan.
Since COVID 19 began, physical, emotional and psychological demands have only intensified for health care workers.
As our members work to respond to patient, client, and resident needs through this pandemic, our government has refused to recognize their skill and professionalism by funding a fair deal. For example, when the Sask Party was first elected in 2007, the highest hourly wage ($18.89) of a Continuing Care Aide (CCA) was roughly equivalent to the average wage ($18.66/hour) for all workers in the province. Today, the CCA wage is 11% below the provincial average. This is why we have fewer people interested in the investment of their time and money to obtain education and training with a view to pursuing a health care career in Saskatchewan and why we have chronic shortages of staff. This is a similar experience for all health care workers throughout the health care system.
We need our government to invest in the staff who provide front line public health care services.
Your SEIU-West health care team is #DoneWaiting for a fair contract.