Current Contract:

Collective Agreement Between Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Inc. and SEIU-West - April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022; April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Please note that the 2023/2024 calendar page at the end of the bound version of the SAHO CBA (effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022; April 1, 2022 to March 21, 2023) only has a two week period between December 25, 2022 and January 8, 2023. As a result, this throws off all the 3 week periods set out in 2023 and 2024. If you would like to print a replacement copy of the 2023/2024 calendar page, click here to download a printable PDF file.

Please note that page 299 in the bound version of the SAHO CBA (effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022; April 1, 2022 to March 21, 2023) was subject to a printing error. If you would like to print a replacement copy of page 299, click here to download a printable PDF of the page.

SEIU-West Union Representatives:

Various

***In an effort to provide more effective representation, members who work at Saskatoon City Hospital, Royal University Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon Home Care, and Parkridge Centre will now be serviced based on classification. Please click here for more detailed information.


Serviced out of:

Moose Jaw 
39 Athabasca Street West
Moose Jaw, SK S6H 2B6
Phone: 306.693.7922
Fax: 306.692.2807

Saskatoon 
#200 - 747 46 St West
Saskatoon, SK S7L6A1
Phone: 306.652.1011
Fax: 306.652.1392

Swift Current 
333 Central Avenue North
Swift Current, SK S9H 0L5
Phone: 306.773.2536
Fax: 306.773.7535
(Katelyn Thibeault, Shelley Johnson)

(Marj Markwart, Tracy Goodheart, Elizabeth Tawpisin, Matthew Lantz, Melanie Wagner)

(Sharon Farrell, Chris Mulhall)

Click here to access the list of Union Representative Assignments for the SAHO CBA.

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Media Release: Tentative Agreement Reached - SEIU-West Members to Vote

For Immediate Release - November 20, 2020

Tentative Agreement Reached – SEIU-West Members to Vote

Saskatoon – After over 1300 days without a new collective agreement, SEIU-West members achieved a tentative agreement (TA) with SAHO and the Employers late on Thursday November 19th.

“Our members have been engaged and vocal and active in sending letters to decision makers and local papers; signing and submitting petitions to the government; holding physically distanced public #DoneWaiting demonstrations; and meeting with their MLAs (prior to the pandemic). All of these actions have made a difference in getting us to this point,” says Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Bargaining in the midst of a worldwide pandemic has been challenging. For the SEIU-West bargaining committee, ensuring the work our members do on the front line of this pandemic is recognized has been our priority."

SAHO/SEIU-West Bargaining Bulletin (2nd edition) No. 19

Click here to download a printable PDF version of SAHO/SEIU-West Bargaining Bulletin (2nd edition) No. 19

Date: November 20, 2020

BARGAINING UPDATE

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

Your SEIU-West Bargaining Committee was scheduled for conciliation talks with SAHO on November 16 and 17 together with Pete Suderman, the Conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. These dates extended into November 18 and 19.

At the end of a number of late nights, we reached a tentative agreement that we will bring to our members for ratification. Details of the tentative agreement will be shared first with our members, before they are shared more widely.  

Unfortunately, because of the public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we aren’t able to meet our members in their facilities. To ensure our members get an opportunity to review the contents of the agreement so everyone voting can make an informed decision, we are preparing the following:

  • A document for members to review that will outline the changes and improvements.
  • Numerous video conferences and virtual town halls to provide every member with ample opportunity to ask questions and understand the impact of the agreement.
  • Multiple opportunities for members to meet the bargaining committee virtually to ask questions.

In addition, our voting process will be done electronically, rather than by paper ballot within the facilities.

We will have up to 60 days in which to complete the voting process according to The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA).

If you would like an electronic copy of the tentative agreement, please use the ‘contact’ link on SEIUWEST.ca. Provide your name, mailing address and facility so that we can cross reference you on our member database and we’ll send you an electronic copy.

There will be a number of questions along the way and we strongly recommend that members look for answers by attending our bargaining presentations or through the Member Resource Center (MRC) by phone 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298 (or the contact form on SEIUWEST.ca) – we will not be answering questions through social media.

In Solidarity,

Your SEIU-West SAHO Provincial Bargaining Committee:

CHR: Janice Platzke (SEIU-West Treasurer) • FHHR: Brenda Berry; Donna Gallant • HHR: Colleen Denniss • SHR: Judy Denniss; Rick Brown; Carla Saworski; Kim Wyatt; Charlene Sarafin; • Staff: Bob Laurie (Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Russell Doell (Deputy Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Cam McConnell (Negotiations Officer) • President: Barbara Cape

Media Release: Take Politics Out of COVID

For Immediate Release - November 13, 2020

Let’s Take the Politics out of COVID

Regina – Today the Government of Saskatchewan announced they were introducing new public health measures to address Saskatchewan’s rising number of COVID cases. The measures are a patchwork of weak rules driven more by the political needs of the Sask Party than by science or the experiences of front line health providers.

Media Release: Strasbourg and Watrous Health Care Providers are #DoneWaiting for Fairness

For Immediate Release - November 12, 2020

Strasbourg & Watrous – Still in search of a fair collective agreement after over 1300 days, SEIU-West health care providers are showing their communities their frustration with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). This is due to the Saskatchewan Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

SAHO/SEIU-West Bargaining Bulletin (2nd edition) No. 18

Click here to download a PDF file of SAHO/SEIU-West Bargaining Bulletin (2nd edition) No. 18

Date: November 6, 2020

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

In the October 6, 2020 bargaining update, SEIU-West informed our members that we had served formal notice of impasse to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety after facilitated discussions with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) failed.

As part of the process set out in The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA), the notice must contain information about essential services that will need to be maintained in the event of a job action. Another part of the impasse process is that the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety needs to appoint a third party as a conciliator to assist the parties in reaching a deal.

SAHO indicated that they were unable to bargain during the election period due to the requirements to adhere to their past practice in following the Caretaker Government Convention. While we dispute this requirement, we agreed to meet via video platform in order to engage in mandatory conciliation October 29 and November 2. The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety appointed Peter Suderman to act as conciliator in this process. We also agreed to some ground rules that needed to be negotiated as SAHO voiced some displeasure with the amount of information we shared with our members in our last updates. To that end, while the parties engage in the conciliation process, we all will honour both a confidentiality and a media ban, so there will be no bargaining in the media.

In the conciliation process, we have exchanged proposals with SAHO a couple of times to find a way forward to reach a tentative agreement. We have been very clear about the importance of our current set of proposals to our members. Many of you have shared your thoughts, concerns and colourful language about our proposals and the employer’s reluctance to accept them – we shared this information, in general, with the Employer.

The substance of SAHO’s proposal hasn’t changed from what was discussed in our October 6 update. That proposal contained significant “last minute” concessions and takeaways which will cost our members, now and in the years to come. We are firm in our resolve that the proposal SAHO presented was a significant impediment in our attempts to find common ground to achieve a settlement.

SEIU-West’s proposal hasn’t substantially changed; we have put forward proposals that we believe will form the basis of a tentative agreement that we can bring to you for your consideration and a ratification vote. We all understand that the creation of one provincial health authority introduced, for example, the need for the portability of benefits including seniority and the need for a common way to calculate seniority for all provider unions’ members. We firmly believe that this discussion must include our partner unions, CUPE and SGEU, and the Employer, in order to find a mutually agreed to way forward on this and other transition issues.

Your bargaining committee is also aware that this delay in resolving our collective agreement is frustrating for you. Your patience and determination are clear to us and we have ensured that this message has been shared with the conciliator and SAHO.

We are continuing to work on preparing for essential services negotiations, as that is a necessary part of the impasse process in getting to a position where we can take job action. We continue to ask for members to submit essential services questionnaires to provide us with a more robust picture of the different aspects of your work. You can download that form here.

Our next dates for conciliation discussions are November 16 and 17. We will provide further updates at that time.

We encourage you to reach out to your newly elected or re-elected MLAs and let them  know that you are done waiting for a fair collective agreement and demand that settling this contract should be their priority.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center by phone 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298 or through our contact form on SEIUWEST.ca.

In Solidarity,

Your SEIU-West SAHO Provincial Bargaining Committee:

CHR: Janice Platzke (SEIU-West Treasurer) • FHHR: Brenda Berry; Donna Gallant • HHR: Colleen Denniss • SHR: Judy Denniss; Rick Brown; Carla Saworski; Kim Wyatt; Charlene Sarafin; • Staff: Bob Laurie (Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Russell Doell (Deputy Dir. of Bargaining and Contract Enforcement); Cam McConnell (Negotiations Officer) • President: Barbara Cape

Media Release: Humboldt and Wakaw Health Care Providers are #DoneWaiting for Fairness

For Immediate Release - October 29, 2020

Humboldt & Wakaw – SEIU-West health care providers are reminding the public that they are still without a collective agreement. It’s been over 1300 days and they are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). This is due to the Saskatchewan Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

Media Release: Assiniboia Health Care Providers are #DoneWaiting for Fairness

For Immediate Release - October 22, 2020

Assiniboia – SEIU-West health care providers are reminding the public that they are still without a collective agreement for over 3½ years and are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) due to the Saskatchewan Party government’s refusal to fund a fair deal.

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