Listen and watch the latest President's Message from Barbara Cape! This week, she discusses the vital work of those who work and support Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) in recognition of MLT Week. Barb also recognizes May Day, discusses new COVID-19 modeling numbers, and shares information around our Frontline Heroes series - check it out:
Whether it’s the skill and knowledge of testing for HIV, the seasonal flu, cancer or COVID-19, our Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) continually step up to the challenge of providing timely diagnostic information for the whole health care team but especially in light of the public health challenges we currently face.
This week marks a celebration and acknowledgement of the work of an incredibly diverse group of professionals that provide education, experience and knowledge to the whole health care team. They work as partners with doctors and other health care professionals, to provide them with the tools they need to make accurate and timely diagnosis.
Every day that we work in our health system is unique and challenging. We strive to bring our best skills to the table... during a pandemic, that work in a lab is even more important because of the public health impact. Behind the scenes or at the lab bench, Medical Laboratory Technologists keep their knowledge at the cutting edge and their skills sharp to keep all of us safe.
On behalf of SEIU-West, I thank our MLT’s for their incredible knowledge, skills and abilities.
Good afternoon Mr. Premier,
I hope you are doing well during the COVID-19 pandemic as we all navigate these new and unprecedented times.
I would like to identify who the “others”, as you refer to them in previous media events, are who are working in healthcare beyond the doctors and nurses. I would respectfully request that you consider their incredible contributions and sacrifices to bending/flattening the curve of the cases of COVID-19 in this pandemic. There is an incredibly diverse group of people who are keeping health care running and ensuring that we are not overwhelmed by the pandemic.
This is only a representative sample of the ‘other’ that you refer to…there are many more particular jobs that cover tens of thousands of health care provider workers. We are proud to acknowledge that there are over 35,000 frontline staff who are part of the ‘health care team’…across various unions.
SEIU-West is very proud of the work that members perform every day and I believe we are heroes not only during this pandemic, but every day of the year.
On behalf of these professionals, I ask that you take a moment to acknowledge the varied work that is being performed under some incredibly tense and stressful circumstances. They go into work every day, not sure if they will come into contact with COVID-19 or if they will take it home with them to their families. They are the people your government asked to take a 3.5% cut in compensation, and a large number of them are working without a collective agreement.
Yes, their last pay increase was April 1, 2016, yet, they continue to show up and lead our health care system. They do this for their patients, clients and residents. We should all appreciate their efforts and do our best to keep them safe. I think their efforts are worthy of our praise and acknowledgement, don’t you?
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Over the course of the last 10 days, representatives from SEIU-West, CUPE, SGEU, HSAS and SUN have met with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) reps via Webex to negotiate a Letter of Understanding (LOU) regarding the development of a Labour Pool and redeployment strategies from the Labour Pool – this is only in relation to COVID-19 health care needs.
A number of our members have asked about hazard pay. They hear grocery store staff are receiving a bonus and ask why aren’t health care workers getting something similar.
SEIU-West President Barbara Cape calls on members to contact their Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) immediately to advise them about the risks they are facing in the front lines without adequate PPE's now.
SEIU-West President Barbara Cape calls on members to contact their Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in advance of Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Week (May 3 to 9, 2020) to legislate safe staffing levels in health care facilities.