By Shawna Colpitts
SEIU-West member leaders attended the legislature on June 16, 2020 to convey a message to our provincial government and the general public, through the media, on behalf of our health care providers employed within the Sask Health Authority.
Media attention was significant and reports confirmed that ‘everybody is ready to go!’
Now is our chance to prove it.
While we remain restricted by the government’s many steps in The Saskatchewan Employment Act, including the negotiation of essential services, public information pickets are available to us.
We would like to do this safely in the context of COVID-19.
However, this is our opportunity to engage the support of the public in advance of any job action.
We need members to help with this.
At present, we know through recent Insightrix polling that 97% of the general public agree health care providers play vital roles in our fight against health threats such as COVID-19.
We also know that almost 90% agree the Government should make sure that these workers have wages and working conditions that properly recognize their vital role.
Over the next 2 months, we need to set up small information pickets, either outside your workplace facility or outside of a MLA constituency office.
We need to act in a responsible fashion – so keeping our attendee numbers fewer than what is in the current Public Health Order, practicing physical distancing and using masks.
This is not a walk out – but we would be asking members to participate on a day off or before/after shift.
We need you to let us know if we can engage the ProCAT to come out to your workplace with supplies.
Can you get under 30 health care providers in work garb for up to one hour to assist with an information picket?
If so, please email us at email@example.com.
Together we will ask for the assistance of public to put pressure on our government – and demonstrate publicly that health care may be disrupted if providers cannot get fairness at the bargaining table.