“Our members have been working hard since March 31, 2017 without a new collective agreement, error or insert,” Cape said in a statement Friday. For the second time in four days, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations announced a new preliminary collective agreement with a union. Cape stated, however, that the agreement alone did not address the lack of staff. In a press release on Monday, SAHO said it had reached an agreement with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). On Friday, SAHO announced that it had reached an agreement with SEIU-West. A preliminary agreement has been reached between SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Details of the eventual agreement may not be published until after the vote of the Seiu-West members. “Unfortunately, this agreement alone cannot address the critical understaffing situation in this sector,” Cape said. “We need real collaboration between the government, Saskatchewan Public Health and unions to significantly improve the system.” “This interim agreement will undoubtedly place a huge burden on registered nurses and provide them with the stability and security they desperately need in the face of a global pandemic.” “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both parties to reach an agreement on the stability of essential health services during this difficult time of pandemic,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a provincial press release. “SEIU-West members are highly valued members of our health teams and are being abandoned by the people of Saskatchewan, and I want to thank them for their commitment.” The two organizations now have 60 days to ratify the agreement and SEIU West members will now meet via videoconference and telephone to verify the terms and conditions available before voting. Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO Inc.) have successfully entered into a new interim collective agreement.
This agreement will allow a total of four union collective agreements, which, with the exception of affiliated organizations, are now all active within a single provincial health authority. Details of the new collective agreement will be shared until ratification by seiU-West-Mitglieder and SAHO Inc. “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both parties to achieve pandemic stability in essential health services in these difficult times,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman. “SEIU-West members are highly valued members of our health teams and are being abandoned by the people of Saskatchewan, and I want to thank them for their commitment.” SEIU-West represents 11,500 licensed nurse practitioners, specialized nursing assistants, office workers and other occupations working in acute care, long-term care, home care, basic health care, emergency medicine, public health and mental health services. “Thank you to SUN and SAHO Inc., for their joint efforts and commitment to reaching this interim agreement.” SEIU-West said members would meet via video and teleconference to verify details of the agreement before the vote, which must be ratified within 60 days. SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have tentatively entered into a collective agreement after three and a half years without a ratified contract. Details of the new collective agreement between SUN and SAHO will be published after ratification by both parties. “The joint efforts of both parties to reach an agreement in essential health services at this difficult time of pandemic are stable,” Merriman said in a press release.