Labour Day is a day for us to pause and celebrate the contributions of working people to our society. Not only for those who are in a trade union, but for every worker.
The SEIU-West Political Action & Education Department is pleased to invite members to apply for the first ever Build Power, Win Justice two-day conference, taking place at Living Skies Casino in Swift Current on October 18 and 19th, 2023. Interested members can apply by completing this application form.
SEIU-West 2023 Convention took place in Saskatoon May 30 - June 1. Below is a summary of some key changes members should be aware of.
For Immediate Release
June 1, 2023
Saskatoon—Supporters of a strong public healthcare system joined SEIU-West members at the Saskatoon Cabinet Office to highlight the need for government investment in the patients, clients, and residents and the people who care for them in this province.
In our most recent update, we had identified to our SEIU-West members that vacation banks, time in lieu banks and stat/pro-stat banks would be posted in your workplaces by the end of March. Unfortunately, it was only recently brought to our attention that this did not happen
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and SEIU-West have resolved the outstanding grievances filed in response to the Proof of Vaccination/Monitored Testing Program.
For Immediate Release - February 13, 2023
Saskatchewan—Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the provincial and territorial Premiers to discuss commitments to increase healthcare funding provided to the provinces by $46 billion over the next ten years. These funds include an immediate $2 billion top-up to the previously provided transfer payments.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960. Since that day the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled, racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries; however far too many people continue to experience racial discrimination.
The SEIU-West Multicultural Mentorship Committee (MMC) is highlighting some information by the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association on how to apply for Canadian Citizenship.
Liquor Stores Show Saskatchewan Party Pursuing Privatization
March 31 will mark the end of all publicly owned liquor stores in this province and the dismantling of another crown corporation. In September 2007, the Saskatchewan Party said they would not privatize Crown corporations. Since then, they have sold, closed and chipped away at a variety of Crowns.
Saskatoon—In response to the increased number of incidents and assaults reported by healthcare workers in Saskatoon, SEIU-West has launched their A Safe Spot Means A Lot campaign. The lack of parking available for staff coupled with the expansion of residential parking permit zones has resulted in healthcare workers walking for up to 20 minutes, alone in the dark, on streets which may not be shoveled, or even have sidewalks.
Saskatchewan—The Health Standards Organization (HSO) has released their highly anticipated Long-Term Care (LTC) standards. SEIU-West strongly supports these standards and encourages that they be made mandatory across Canada.
Date: January 27, 2023
Sisters, Brothers and Comrades,
Your SEIU-West Bargaining Committee met January 25 and 26, to conclude our review of the SEIU-West proposal package. We also reviewed a package of “common proposal”, where SEIU-West, SGEU Health Providers and CUPE have the same language, to identify improvements our members have identified in their replies to the bargaining updates, in their calls and emails to the Member Resource Center and in their responses and comments in the bargaining survey that our members completed.
We asked and you delivered! We loved to read all of your submissions with your favourite book! In case you are looking for your next read, here is the list of what your co-workers love to read!
In 2007 a high school student in Berwick Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Two grade 12 students bought 50 pink shirts and encouraged their classmates to wear pink. The next day, they went to distribute the shirts and to their surprise the majority of students had arrived to school wearing pink. That beautiful act of solidarity and kindness prompted Pink Shirt Day. This important day raises awareness about the prevention of bullying and promoting kindness and inclusion and will take place on February 22, 2023.
Date: January 20, 2023
Sisters, Brothers and Comrades,
Your SEIU-West Bargaining Committee dug in to review several past and present documents that would guide the development of our proposal package.
The SEIU-West Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee (GSDC) invites you to apply to attend their 2023 Conference. This event will focus on understanding, supporting, and celebrating the needs/concerns/perspectives of 2SLGBTIQ+ persons.
SEIU-West has reached out to the Minister of Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Lori Carr to get clarity on the closure of public liquor stores and the impact the loss of revenue will have on funding for healthcare and education in Saskatchewan.