Education Week: 2020

From November 22-28, SEIU-West is proud to recognize and celebrate Education Week!

SEIU-West is pleased to acknowledge the work that Education Assistants, Library Technicians, Custodians, Tradespeople, Food Service Workers, Administrative Assistants, and School Bus Drivers do to prepare students for tomorrow. The SEIU-West education team ensure our children experience quality education by:

  • Assisting teachers to provide tailor-made education for students;
  • Ensuring school offices and administrative details run smoothly;
  • Providing healthy meals to keep young minds strong;
  • Driving and maintaining the buses so our children make it home safely; and
  • Creating safe schools and grounds for students to enjoy.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Workers are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of students. We know you’re working hard, and are often faced with inadequate plans from our government – as with all front line workers during COVID-19, you should have a wage supplement to demonstrate the value you bring to our communities during these trying times. We continue to work on this front and hope you will connect with your newly elected MLA on this issue as well.

In recognition of our Education team, we encourage you to participate in the Education Week Contest!

Let us know about an Education Worker (must be a SEIU-West member) who goes above and beyond in their work – you and your nominee could win a gift card or SEIU-West swag!

Enter the contest by November 29, 2020 to [email protected] for your chance to win!


Celebrate Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) Week!

Celebrate Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) Week!!

For the week of November 8-14, SEIU-West is proud to celebrate the important role of MRTs in health care.

The work of MRTs are vital for quality patient care as MRTs perform imaging and radiation-related therapy, which is so often needed in our public health care system. MRTs deliver safe and professional care by relying on the important skills and experience they’ve gained in their line of work and education – MRTs will start IVs, prepare equipment, perform biopsies, angiograms, feeding tube placements and support a proper diagnosis for their patients – just to name a few responsibilities!

In recognition of their valued work, SEIU-West invites you to participate in the MRT Week Contest! We ask that you tell us – why MRTs are vital to the health care team? Email [email protected] with your answer, and you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card or SEIU-West swag!

Contest Deadline: November 15, 2020

Want to be featured as a MRT Frontline Hero? Fill out a profile here – be sure to include a photo! 

Good luck!!

Celebrate Community Worker Appreciation Day November 6!

SEIU-West is proud to recognize the dedicated members who work in the community-based organization (CBO) sector.

In celebration of Community Worker Appreciation Day, SEIU-West CBO workers joined their fellow CBO workers from across Saskatchewan for their online 2020 CBO Worker Conference on November 5, 2020.

Hosted by the CBO Committee comprised of SGEU, CUPE, and SEIU-West members, the day gave the chance for CBO workers to dig deeper in order to improve their working lives and the vital care they provide to others.

This discussion led to a deeper dive into how to better understand the six basic human needs – certainty, variety, significance, love/connection, growth, contribution – and how communication improves when we understand which of these six needs is motivating ourselves and others around us.

Our members told us that the speaker, Natasha Finell-Sukarukoff, was enjoyable and made the content fun and relatable. One attendee said: This day allowed me to pause and reflect on how the pandemic has affected me and that self-care is not selfishness. Taking care of myself means I can be better at taking care of others.

We’re delighted CBO workers were able to gather in solidarity and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication in the work they do – whether that be in a group home, a crisis centre, a child care facility, or an addictions treatment centre – the work they do is invaluable!

In recognition of Community Worker Appreciation Day, SEIU-West invites you to enter our contest! Let us know why CBO workers are important to your community – by entering, you could win a Visa gift card or SEIU-West swag!

Email your entries to [email protected] – the deadline to enter is November 13, 2020!




Celebrate Home Care Month!

November is Home Care Month and SEIU-West is proud to celebrate alongside our valued Home Care members.

Home Care is an essential part of our health care system – it allows people to stay in the comfort of their home while ensuring their health care needs are met. Health Care Providers who work in Home Care visit clients’ homes to ensure they have assistance with their personal care including medication administration or assistance, dressing changes, oral care as well as non-medical needs such as bathing and meal preparation. Importantly, those who work in Home Care also provide valued relationships that enhance clients’ lives. As many clients face the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, these relationships are especially vital. It’s no wonder those who provide home care services are called frontline heroes.

Yet those in power have seen home care services cut by 8% since 2014 in Saskatchewan – it is vital that we connect with our newly elected MLAs to let them know this important service for seniors must be restored.

In recognition of Home Care Month, we invite you to participate in our contest! Let us know how a Home Care Worker has benefited your wellbeing – those who enter could win a Visa gift card or SEIU-West swag! Please note: only SEIU-West members are eligible to enter.

Please send your entry to [email protected] – the deadline to enter is December 1, 2020.

To all our SEIU-West Home Care Health Care Providers, we thank you!!


Celebrate Health Care Providers’ Week October 27 – November 2!

During Health Care Provider’s Week, we invite you to reflect upon the team of compassionate people who provide you with quality health care services throughout the Saskatchewan. Each and every day we are astounded by the hard work and value that these members contribute to our society, particularly while on the frontlines of a global pandemic.

Health care providers are caring people who enter the health care sector for the benefit of others, and it’s important to take the time to recognize the skills, experience and professionalism that all health care providers bring to their work. They not only have quality foundational education, health care providers are constantly learning the most current skills and putting them into practice in order to ensure the people of Saskatchewan are receiving the best quality care available. This means is that all members of the health care team should be respected for their valued contribution to client, patient and resident care.

In recognition of the dedication health care providers bring to our valued health care system in Saskatchewan, SEIU-West asks that you participate in our Health Care Providers’ Week Contest! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Nominate a Health Care Provider and describe how they contribute to the wellbeing of your workplace and/or community.
  2. Email your answer to [email protected] by November 3, 2020.

By entering, you and your nominee will have a chance to win a Visa gift card or SEIU-West swag! Please note: you must be a SEIU-West member to enter.

Thank you to our health care providers!

SEIU-West is proud to recognize October 20, 2020 as Pharmacy Technician Day!

SEIU-West is proud to recognize October 20, 2020 as Pharmacy Technician Day!

Our members who work as Pharmacy Technicians are crucial to our public health care team; they prepare, check and distribute medications and pharmacy supplies to ensure patients are safely supplied their prescribed predications or over the counter medicines. They also support accurate patient information with other health care professionals.

Pharmacy Technicians assist Pharmacists, patients, residents and clients requiring medications and demonstrate their valuable contribution to health care outcomes. They work to progress our communities to better health, and we thank them for all their incredible efforts each and every day!

To celebrate Pharmacy Technician Day, SEIU-West asks that you to participate in the Pharmacy Technician Day Contest! Simply tell us how a Pharmacy Technician has helped you/your family – email [email protected] by October 27, 2020 for your chance to win some awesome prizes!

Celebrate Healthcare Security and Safety Week October 11-17!

Celebrate Healthcare Security and Safety Week October 11-17!

Health care security is unique. Our public Security Officers work on the front lines in some of the largest, busiest, most complex care facilities in the province--like Laurie, who works at Royal University Hospital. They are trained, certified, skilled professionals who provide for the safety and protection of the facility and grounds, as well as clients, staff and public utilizing the facility. They are a key part of the health care team, serving medically complex and socially disadvantaged populations. 

In recognition of their incredible work, we ask that you email and tell us why those who work as in-house Security Officers are an important part of the health care team. Email your answers to [email protected] for your chance to win a Visa gift card!

Deadline to apply: October 23, 2020.


Celebrate Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Week October 11-17!

Celebrate Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Week October 11-17!

Health care providers who work in MDR are a vital part of the health care team – their role is especially on everyone’s mind during a pandemic as they protect and strengthen patient safety by ensuring health care equipment is dependable, sterilized, and effective. They inspect, assemble, clean, and decontaminate health care equipment – they must be highly organized and pay attention to each little detail in their work.

SEIU-West members, like Christina who works at Saskatoon City Hospital, received their Sterile Processing certification and each day set up equipment for cleaning and for ordering stock when supplies run low. They deal with a wide variety of instruments and equipment, so no day is the same. Christina and the rest of her MDR team make sure all the health care equipment is safe for future patients.

In recognition of their incredible work, we ask that you email and tell us why those who work in MDR are an important part of the health care team. Email your answers to [email protected] for your chance to win a visa gift card!

Deadline to apply: October 23, 2020.

Celebrate Food Services Week October 4-10!

Food Service Workers are vital to the care of patients, residents, and clients. Those who work in Food Services ensure each person requiring care has their nutritional needs met. Staff and visitors also benefit from the talents of Food Service Workers as they prepare meals with high-quality hygienic standards.

As a part of the health care team, Food Service Workers must take into account the various health care needs of residents and patients - our professional Food Services members make sure that food allergies and dietary needs are taken seriously in order to prevent possible complications that can cause set-backs in recovery and impact a person’s overall health.

SEIU-West members who work in Food Services are central to quality health care, and in recognition of their dedication, we’re launching our Food Services Week Contest!

Tell us about your local Food Services Worker and how they contribute to your health care team – by entering, that Food Services Worker will be entered to win a Visa gift card!

Email [email protected] to enter – the deadline is October 19, 2020!

Day of Mourning: April 28, 2020

On April 28th, the National Day of Mourning, we remember and mourn for the workers who have been injured or killed on the job. In remembering, we must not let those lost lives be in vain. We need to rejuvenate our efforts to make sure all workers can come home from work safe and healthy every day.


Join Purple Day February 13!

Send a Message on Purple Day!   

Purple Days support our bargaining committee when they meet to negotiate with SAHO and the Employer.     

Our bargaining committee will be meeting with SAHO on the 13th and 14th of February.

Once again we will be wearing purple to show our support. We would like you to send us group pictures of you and your co-workers, with all your “purple on” and with your best facial expressions to show SAHO and the Employer that SEIU-West members are serious and determined to bargain a fair deal!
Send your pictures to or post them to our Facebook page .

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