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’.
As some of you may have noticed, our 2021 pocket calendar has Victoria Day listed as taking place on May 17, 2021, instead of on the 24th, which is the real date. We apologize for the error!
For years, SEIU-West has marched in pride parades. As a union, we celebrate and fight for equality and diversity. This year will look different with COVID 19 restrictions, but there are still ways to participate. Here are some activities throughout the province that will be updated as we get times and locations confirmed. HAPPY PRIDE!
It's an important message and one we can't hear enough: get vaccinated!
Click here to download either the 8.5"x11" or 11"x17" version of the We Are Sick of This Too! campaign poster, encouraging everyone to finish strong in their battle against COVID-19, for the union bulletin board in your workplace.
May 13, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(SASKATCHEWAN) As Saskatchewan celebrates National Nursing Week, health care provider unions are urging the Saskatchewan government to remember and recognize one key component of the nursing team that is often overlooked – Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
“In Saskatchewan, LPNs are front line care nurses that are responsible for managing patient care plans in collaboration with registered nurses and doctors,” said Tracey Sauer, SGEU president. “They perform much more than basic patient care, and are often specialized in critical areas, such as hemodialysis care, peri-operative care and advanced orthopedics. Many LPNs also received additional training and have been an integral part of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out.”
There are approximately 3,400 LPNs working in long-term, acute and home care across Saskatchewan. Each one of them has benefitted from higher learning and is certified by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN), under a scope of practice set up in the LPN Act.
“Despite training and regulation, many LPNs are not able to work to their full scope of practice because of employer policies limiting the role of LPNs,” said Sandra Seitz, CUPE 5430 president. “This means there are dedicated health care professionals who are unable to use all their skills in providing patient care. This is a concern every year, but especially in a pandemic that has seen resources across the health care system stretched thin.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been greater public appreciation of the work done by nurses and all health care workers, but LPNs are often not acknowledged for their contributions.
“Health care providers who are working through the pandemic are rightfully being seen as heroes – but that recognition needs to extend to every member of the health care team,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “This Nursing Week, we call on the government and the employer to acknowledge LPNs and work on a strategy to bring all members of the health care team to their full scope of practice.”
Together, SGEU, SEIU-West and CUPE represent approximately 30,000 health care providers working in acute care, home care and long-term care across Saskatchewan.
For more information, please contact:
Communications Officer, SGEU
Communications Representative, CUPE
Karen has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) since 2002 and a Continuing Care Assistant for three years before that. Every day, she looks forward to coming to work to assist in bringing babies into this world. She absolutely loves her job. She works in Labour and Delivery in Swift Current. Her team has seen an increase in babies since December, they now deliver 40-45 babies per month!
Connie was a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) in the Philippines for three years before coming to Canada, where she has been a CCA for the past eight years.
For Connie, she ensures that she listens to the needs of the residents and does her best to put a smile on each of their faces. Care plans include Activities of Daily Living (ADL) where she encourages independence as residents are able and appreciates the uniqueness of each resident. For someone with dementia, they may be able to brush their teeth, for example, but they wouldn’t remember to do it by themselves. Others need total care. To be a CCA, Connie says it is crucial to have a compassionate heart. You must go to work with a positive attitude each day.
The first years of a child's life are crucial to their overall development. Early childhood educators lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth and ensure their security and well-being. We know that early childhood educators are a precious commodity in the future development and success of our next generation.
To Celebrate Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, email [email protected] a pic of you with your favorite childhood book and tell us who read it to you or tell us a story about your favourite Early Childhood Educator by May 19 for your chance to win a gift card!
Samantha has been an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in a child care centre for the past three years. She started caring for children as a part time job and soon found that it was her calling.
To celebrate Nursing week, SEIU-West's Nursing Care Committee drew 20 prize winners to each receive a $50 gift card.
Thank you to everyone who entered, may you have a wonderful week of celebrations!
And the winners are..................
Congratulations to the winners of the SEIU-West Nursing Care Committee's mask draw.
The winners are as follows:
Date: May 10, 2021
Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
Your SEIU-West SAHO Bargaining Committee has concluded negotiations regarding a Letter of Understanding (LOU) to transition the SEIU-West seniority system from an hours based system to a seniority date system.
This past year has challenged us, frightened us, and caused us stress and anxiety. But the one constant sign of hope has been the incredible frontline staff who show up, advocate for and provide hands-on care to our residents, clients and patients in our health care system (hospitals, home care, and long-term care facilities), retirement homes, group homes and private care homes.