Membership Update – March 20, 2020

As we come to the end of the week, we know a few things for certain: we all need more information from our managers, government, workplace leaders (health care, education, retirement homes, group homes…the list goes on)!

Because of the State of Emergency declared by the Government of Saskatchewan, SEIU-West is giving our staff the option of working from home. We are available via phone, email, and video conferencing with any of our members and the Member Resource Center (MRC) is still available at 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298.

SEIU-West is raising your issues on our daily calls with the other health care unions, the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. We have all identified our demand for access to PPE; stronger communication about the plans for this pandemic; concerns with moving staff to different locations; stronger oversight of manager decisions; working to only the most important human resources issues; options for working remotely; and, again, stronger communications on what is the plan and how its evolving.

We are also reaching out directly to employers in retirement homes, Extendicare Canada Inc., Canadian Blood Services, the education sector, and the Ministry of Education. All of us are looking for details about our work, our pay, our lives and this pandemic.

In talking with SEIU locals across the country and North America, this level of stress and anxiety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming us all. The lack of leadership is of great concern; the lack of access to personal protective equipment is causing all workers – not only in health care – to question the safety of their workplaces. We need to call on government to make sure that our workplaces are safe, that our jobs are secure and that we can continue to do our work without that fear hanging over our heads.

Even though we can’t be there in person, we are still working on your behalf and making sure that your issues are addressed. The world is moving pretty fast these days, but we are doing our best to keep up through technology.

Thank you for the incredible work and patience as we retool to get ourselves working in a different way during this pandemic. I am honored to be working for all of our members.

In Solidarity, on behalf of SEIU-West,

Barbara Cape, President

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