In order to support our SEIU-West bargaining team in their negotiations with SAHO, the Provincial Contract Action Team (ProCat) has been engaging with members to support our new campaign about understaffing and the need to ensure fairness for health care providers ( and  ProCat members have communicated the high level of community support for our campaign as the public understands the crisis of understaffing in health care and the efforts that must be made to retain and recruit health care providers. At these meetings or BBQs, family members have shared their first-hand views of health care workers doing more with less – they want to see increased staffing levels for both their loved ones and the workers who take good care of their family members. Many have asked for campaign materials to share with their friends and families, and many have said they’ll be sending a letter to their MLA on our campaign websites as well. This is an important win because it is vital for all people – whether a health care provider or a member of the community – to support our health care system and those who work within it. Be sure to share our campaign far and wide – there is strength in numbers!

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Win of the Week! March 29-April 4

While COVID-19 is taking over much of our work lives, this win is a reminder that we must remain diligent in ensuring employers adhere to both our collective agreements and the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA). This week, a member informed SEIU-West that their employer was selecting Occupational Health Committee (OHC) members and that the worker co-chair was out of scope. As the SEA outlines, workers/their union have the right to select/elect their own worker representatives and there must be one employer co-chair, and one worker co-chair. As a result, SEIU-West drafted an urgent letter informing the employer of this right and immediately, the employer adjusted their behaviour.  The  right to have balanced worker representation on each OHC is vital to enforce as we know safety is a number one priority, and we must not let the employer forget that. If you are experiencing the same issues at your workplace, please contact the Member Resource Centre (MRC) through our website or by phone 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298

Win of the Week! March 22-28

We couldn’t wait to share this win of the week that occurred over the weekend!  When we arrived to our Moose Jaw office on Monday morning, we found out a member of the general public in Moose Jaw surprised us with a thoughtful gesture. In bold, purple chalk was a message of thanks to SEIU-West members, alongside a large heart. It certainly warmed our hearts, and we hope it does for you too! Thank you, as always, to each of our members who are providing public services and demonstrating true leadership during this time of crisis.

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