Even though public health orders have been lifted effective July 11, 2021 in Saskatchewan, we all should remember that the pandemic is not ‘over’.

The reality is there is a portion of the population who are not vaccinated, there are low testing numbers, and there are rising concerns about new COVID Variants, so we need to remain cautious.

At the time of this message being posted, The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) still requires masking in all of their facilities.

The SHA and other employers are working on their reopening plans, as are we, and we will provide updates as they become available. 

For now, the main offices remain closed to the public and anyone entering is required to wear masks and follow office safety protocols, Unit SEIU-West offices must continue to follow the safety guidelines put in place, and we are not holding in-person events.

These measures are being taken with the view to keep our members and staff safe and we will continue to take our guidance from the provincial pandemic reports, recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

These next days and weeks will be freeing without the requirement to wear masks in public.  

However, we recommend that you do an assessment of the risks before you go without your mask:

  • Are you vaccinated?
  • Are you in a location with large groups of people?
  • Has there been any recent outbreaks in the area/location?

We will keep our COVID webpage live and updated as we make efforts to implement a cautious return to normal operations in our offices.

Members are invited to use our website contact form with any alerts or concerns over the coming weeks and months.

Media Release: Lab Testing Capacity Still Lacking in Saskatchewan

For Immediate Release - September 30, 2020

Saskatoon – SEIU-West members who work as part of Saskatchewan’s lab services team are knowledgeable, organized, smart, caring individuals who are working hard every day to do the best for their patients. However, shortages of both staff and equipment remain obstacles to meeting the baseless promises on COVID19 testing capacity made by Premier Scott Moe last month.

Media Release: Rosetown and Kindersley are #DoneWaiting for Fairness

For Immediate Release - September 23, 2020

Rosetown & Kindersley – Health care providers who are members of SEIU-West are reminding the public that they are still without a collective agreement and are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) due to the Sask Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

Media Release: #DoneWaiting for Fairness in Home Care

For Immediate Release - September 21, 2020

Saskatoon – Home Care Schedulers, Continuing Care Assistants, and Licensed Practical Nurses who are members of SEIU-West want to remind their clients in Saskatoon that they are still without a collective agreement and are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) due to the Sask Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

Media Release: #DoneWaiting for Fairness in Swift Current

For Immediate Release - September 17, 2020

Swift Current – Members of SEIU-West who work at Cypress Regional Hospital and the Meadows long-term care facility want to remind the people in their community that they are still without a collective agreement and are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) due to the Sask Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

Media Release: Lab Testing Capacity - an Empty Promise

For Immediate Release - September 10, 2020

Saskatoon – Members of SEIU-West who work in provincial lab services want the people of Saskatchewan to be aware of their ongoing challenges in meeting the SaskParty government’s promise of processing 4,000 COVID19 tests per day. This is the subject of an open letter sent today to Premier Scott Moe, Minister of Health Jim Reiter, Minister of Rural & Remote Health Warren Kaeding, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) CEO Scott Livingstone, and SHA Laboratory Services Executive Director Lenore Howey (https://bit.ly/33fmUtP).

Media Release: #DoneWaiting for Fairness in Saskatoon

For Immediate Release - September 9, 2020

Saskatoon – Members of SEIU-West who work at Saskatoon City Hospital are holding a demonstration to remind the general public that they are still without a contract and are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) due to the Sask Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

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