The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the largest and fastest growing in North America with over 2.1 million members. SEIU-West is the second largest SEIU Local in Canada, and represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.
It is time for the 2022 SEIU-West SAHO/ECI Bargaining Survey!
This survey is for SEIU-West members who work at (or are on leave from) a Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) or SHA-affiliated workplace or program, including Extendicare.
On June 7, SEIU-West held a virtual townhall to talk with SHA members about the Letter of Understanding (LOU) that changes our hours-based seniority system to a seniority date system. The difference is that all hours-based seniority will begin to be transferred to a seniority date.
Do you want to be more active in your union? Are you 35 years old or younger? Great news!! You're eligible to attend the 2022 Young Workers' Conference!
The next round of collective bargaining with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) and Extendicare Canada Inc. (ECI) will begin in the coming months and we are looking for SEIU-West members to make up our bargaining committee.
SEIU-West's Aboriginal Committee met on May 31 and has many exciting initiatives coming up.
We'd like to share a list of June events and ask that you join us in celebrations of National Indigenous History Month and work towards Reconciliation in Saskatchewan.
Email [email protected] if you'd like to walk with us in Saskatoon for Rock your Roots for Reconciliation!
Elmview, Moose Jaw, Parkside, Preston, and Sunset Extendicare Facilities
New pay rates are effective April 17, 2022.
Dear members of SEIU-West:
We are writing you with an important update related to the recent cyber-attack affecting SEIU-West that we first reported to you late last week on March 11, 2022. We promised to provide you with further updates as more information became available.
Here is what we’ve learned to date:
Dear member of SEIU-West:
We are writing to you with important information about a recent cyber-attack affecting SEIU-West. SEIU-West became aware of this cyber-attack on March, 10 2022, which is believed to have occurred early in the morning of March 10, 2022.
Date: March 7, 2022
Greetings Brothers and Sisters who work at Extendicare Canada’s Elmview, Preston, Moose Jaw, Parkside, and Sunset facilities:
We wanted to update you regarding the implementation of the new collective agreement you approved in January, as well as regarding the transfer of these facilities to the SHA.
Date: March 4, 2022
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
At long last, we can confirm that our collective agreement is finalized and at the printer!
On January 20, 2022 SEIU-West, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF), the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), SGEU and CUPE Saskatchewan joined together to call on the Government of Saskatchewan to protect our healthcare and education systems and other vital public services from the Omicron wave by immediately following the advice of Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab. The presidents of these six organizations held an unprecedented joint news conference. Today, the joint open letter below was sent to Premier Scott Moe, calling for a a public health order to:
- Limit gathering sizes to a maximum of 10 people.
- Limit the frequency of gathering and establish a consistent “bubble” of close contacts.
- Limit non-school and non-work contacts.
- Limit non-essential travel between communities.
SEIU-West is thrilled to recognize September 10-16, 2018 as Environmental Services Workers Week! Environmental Services Workers (ESW) are an essential part of the health care team.
ESW’s like Dennis, work to ensure patients, residents and clients are cared for and treated in a clean, safe environment. Check out how members like Dennis contribute to the health care team:
Dennis completed his TLR (Transferring, Lifting and Repositioning), WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) training. He has also completing specialized courses, including the training to provide cleaning services to isolated patient rooms.
Dennis cleans patient rooms, utility areas, and maintains the floors. He also manages garbage and bio-hazardous material pick-up and disposal. He loves all parts of his job, but especially enjoys the interactions between staff and patients.
When a patient or visitor compliments Dennis on the outstanding job he’s done, or when he is being appreciated and recognized by his coworkers, Dennis knows of the important affect his work has on the health care team.
We couldn’t agree more, and we want to thank Dennis and all ESW’s who work so hard to ensure our health care environments are safe for all.
And as a special thank you, we encourage you to participate in the ESW Week Contest! Just by liking and sharing this post on Facebook, you’ll be entered to win a co-op gift card and SEIU-West swag! Deadline ends September 16! If you don’t have Facebook, just send an email to [email protected] letting her know why you appreciate ESW’s!
SEIU-West has another excellent win of the week to report! A member called our Member Resource Centre (MRC) to let us know about their efforts in ensuring our collective agreement was followed. They met with their manager about a vacant position that wasn't posted – the hours were also not in callout to fill this position – our member successfully got the hours available for callout as per the collective agreement and the position is now being posted as a permanent position. We love that our members have the skills to ensure all our rights are protected! Great work!
In recognition of labour day, SEIU-West members Terrilyn St. Amour and Carmela Verwimp, alongside their union President, Barbara Cape, share their labour day messages of solidarity, strength and justice. These powerful messages are also published with the Star Phoenix and Leader Post:
I WILL REPORT: A necessary first step only
For Immediate Release - August 27, 2018
Saskatoon – SEIU-West leaders have viewed the recent video released by the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) leading their campaign for change, # I WILL REPORT. The message being conveyed is an important one and the goal appears to be to encourage health care staff to report occurrences of violence and aggression as they occur.
“Making a difference in peoples’ lives is very important to me.”
“The best part of my job is making patients smile.”
“I enjoy the challenging and fast-paced environment.”
“I enjoy making our residents feel loved and appreciated for what they have done in their lives.”
Want to attend the Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo in Saskatoon September 15-16? Here’s your chance! SEIU-West has two sets of tickets for 4 lucky SEIU-West members. How to win?
We ask that you create a name for our SEIU-West superhero and let us know their superpower! This is an excellent and fun way to share your creativity and love of superheroes!
Here’s an example to start you off: Purple Woman – when she touches something, it’ll turn a lovely shade of SEIU-West purple!
Now it’s your turn!
Let us know your SEIU-West superhero name and superpower by September 6 for your chance to win. Just email [email protected] with your entry.
All entries will be placed into a draw – good luck!
SEIU-West is celebrating our latest win of the week! A member worked overtime and yet their health care employer incorrectly paid this member at regular time. Your union ensured this member was paid fairly by meeting with the employer, and the member's right to an overtime wage under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was enforced. Thanks to the efforts of working together to ensure your contract language is followed, SEIU-West wins again!
Date: August 22, 2018
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Greetings Sisters and Brothers:
As you are likely aware, the membership rejected the Tentative CBA that was put forward to you by your bargaining committee on July 25, 2018. Subsequent to that SEIU-West informed the employer that we would be having a strike vote on August 2nd 2018.
For Immediate Release - August 21, 2018
Saskatoon – Members of the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) held a satirical public memorial service at Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon today to oppose the many destructive government cuts the people in this province have experienced.