SEIU-West met with representatives from eHealth, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), SGEU LOCAL 1579 eHealth, SGEU Health Providers and CUPE 5430 on March 14 & 21, 2022.
SAHO has been contracted to lead negotiations for both SHA and eHealth, however it hasn’t resulted in any quicker information or answers to the many questions we’ve been asking.
Your SEIU-West IT bargaining committee discussed a new transition "DRAFT" document provided by SAHO with the employer-side and continued to raise questions about the particulars of the potential transfer to eHealth including options for vacation bank transfer; clarity about the status and options for temporary/casual staff; details about employees who will be offered employment with eHealth; as well as work locations and remote work arrangements.
There are gaps in the info from SAHO and the employer group as they are having difficulty in getting together a list of employees that will be affected. Due to the outstanding issue of the transition LOU, there is no hard timeframe for this transition to occur. As there are also still some outstanding issues related to the options for pension (Public Employees Pension Plan or staying with SHEPP).
The questions we are asking are important for us to ensure that if our IT members transition to eHealth that there are some protections in place recognize and preserve past entitlements and that you are making an informed decision about your future with eHealth or the SHA and that all options are in front of you.
Your SEIU-West IT bargaining committee:
Ravi Doshi, Curtis Firomski, Janice Gaspers, Russ Doell, Bob Laurie, Barbara Cape