Backgrounder: Stability for CBS Workers


SEIU-West members who work for Canadian Blood Services (CBS) in Saskatoon and Regina provide the full spectrum of blood donor care, including:

  • confidential donor screening
  • performing venipuncture
  • monitoring donor safety and comfort
  • the safe and appropriate handling, processing, labelling, and transportation of blood and blood products

Our members do all this in a way that ensures that the people of Saskatchewan and Canada enjoy a high-performing blood system they can trust and respect.

Unfortunately, these dedicated blood collection and processing professionals have been without a contract for over 1,000 days—their last collective agreement expired in March 2017.

In its latest strategic plan, CBS commits to “sharpen its focus” on “everything that shapes employees’ perceptions of their workplace”, including “day-to-day interactions on the job”, “appropriate compensation,” and providing “ample opportunities” for current employees to “learn, grow, and build rewarding careers at CBS.”

These are worthwhile goals, and SEIU-West endorses them wholeheartedly.

We likewise support the assertion in CBS’s latest annual report that the interests of CBS and the Canadian health system are best served by “fostering a collaborative, inclusive, values-based culture” in which employees, “the people who work hard each day to put our purpose into action…feel encouraged to realize their full potential.”

Unfortunately, these noble commitments and goals are nor reflected in our members’ day-to-day experiences in CBS workplaces.

Our members are dedicated to their important work but feel that they aren’t able to fully use their skills and expertise at work and say that their work is rarely recognized or acknowledged by management.

Our members say that the lack of stability and predictability in their CBS work schedule is causing stress in their home life and wish that CBS would offer them more hours.

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