SEIU-West is entering into a process to review the Local’s constitution.
Even though public health orders have been lifted effective July 11, 2021 in Saskatchewan, we all should remember that the pandemic is not ‘over’.
Date: May 31, 2021
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,The Union and the Employer met on the May 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 to bargain with the assistance of a conciliator from the Department of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. The Union’s committee did a lot of hard work and made some hard concessions in order to try to achieve a collective agreement. However, no matter how hard we tried and despite the best efforts of the conciliator the Employer refused to offer anything except a statement that CBS employees would be provided the same pay increases that CUPE members working in provincial health care get.
The latest from SEIU-West President Barb Cape, with a special treat - SEIU-West's Year in Review video - enjoy!
Mark has been a Public Works staff for almost 2 years. The seasons affect his job description. In the winter, their focus is on snow removal and for the rest of the year, his team does street sweeping, garbage collection and deal with any emergencies or service requests that the town has.
He loves the variety of his job and that each day is different.
COVID means reading water meters has changed and their team goes through a lot of sanitizer. He loves the team atmosphere and the ability to work close to home. The most rewarding part of Mark’s job is acknowledgement from the community on what a great job he does.
Mark, you and your team are what keeps small towns alive and functioning. Thank you for all that you do!
Shantel has been a paramedic for almost 10 years now. Her and her team starts each shift doing their daily unit checks to ensure their ambulances are ready to respond to emergency calls with all their necessary equipment. Her team spends their spare time refining their medical skills by completing professional development through online modules, skill station & scenario testing. If they have a slower day they take advantage by unwinding and trying their best to keep things light and airy when not on medical calls.
Carolyn has worked as a Disability Support Worker for 13 years in Saskatchewan and a total of 25 years in the field. She works in a group home in an urban community, caring for five residents. She provides personal assistance with activities of daily living as well as cooks, cleans, orders groceries and provides recreational activities for her residents.
Kate has been a support worker in a community group home for 9 years where she cares for four residents in the comfort of their own home. She works 11 hour shifts, only four of those hours have another staff on hand, the other seven hours she spends working alone.
When asked what Kate does, the shortest answer is what doesn’t she do? Her role goes well beyond providing personal care, cooking, and cleaning to also providing record keeping, medication administering, nursing, reporting, chauffeuring, teaching, house maintenance and entertaining.
Disability Support Workers (DSWs) make the difference in the lives of their participants/residents every single day. Through a joke, a dance, a simple gesture, you brighten up the lives of those you care for. Coming to work with a positive attitude, energy and patience day after day is nothing short of amazing!
Jon has been a Biomedical Engineering Technician for seven years where he and his team take care of equipment at the hospital.
Jon was studying to be an MRT (Medical Radiology Technician) when he quickly realized his interest was in the equipment itself. He researched to find out that he could get a four year degree at a university to be qualified to make the devices or get a two year diploma at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) to repair them. Jon chose to be a Biomedical Engineering Technician.
Happy May long weekend!!!
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their entry into the SEIU-West ‘Whoops’ contest. This contest was geared toward discovering your best recommendations on how we can all enjoy the 2021 May long weekend, in such a way that we don’t get another wave of COVID infections!
SEIU-West members have come up with some innovative recommendations and here are the top 5:
1. Exploring Saskatchewan with a Drive to a Community Never Visited Before
2. Getting Your Grill On and Bar-b-que for some Quality Family Time
3. Sparking some Creativity with Yard Renovations
4. Taking in some FRESH air with Hiking and Picnicking
5. Digging some Rows for the Love of Gardening
SEIU-West wishes everyone a safe and crazy wonderful May long, hoping that whatever you decide to do to add a sense of adventure, even amidst our current public constraints, will bring you a great dose of refreshment!
Congratulations to our contest winner: Mandie Clancy!!!
Brian has been a Biomedical Clinical Engineering Tech for 28 years, the last 4 have been in a supervisory capacity. Brian and his coworkers are a team of five in his Acute Care facility. Working together, they fix all sorts of machines when they break down.
Brian explained the dynamics of the team as an analogy to an escape room. His team works really well; each has different ideas and abilities to come up with a solution to get to their end goal – proper functioning equipment. The team spirit of cooperation and common need to meet a challenge makes this work enjoyable. Brian looks forward to going to work every day.
Make sure to read our profiles of Biomedical Engineering Techs this week for clues!