Seiu Saho Agreement

SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have reached a provisional collective agreement after three and a half years without a ratified contract. Union members have been without a collective agreement since March 2017 and have spoken out loudly in favour of problems exacerbated by new pandemic security measures. Details of the new collective agreement between SUN and SAHO will be released after the agreement is ratified by both parties. “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both parties to reach an agreement that brings stability to important health services during this difficult time of pandemic,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a provincial news release. “THE MEMBERS OF SEIU West are highly valued members of our health teams and are appreciated by the residents of Saskatchewan, and I want to thank them for their commitment. “Our members have worked hard since March 31, 2017, without error or stop, without new collective agreement,” Cape said in a statement Friday. The details of the possible agreement can only be published after the vote of the members of SEIU-Ouest. Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU West) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO Inc.) have successfully concluded a new interim collective agreement. This agreement will create a total of four union collective agreements, all of which, with the exception of affiliated organizations, are now active in a single provincial health agency. Details of the new collective agreement will be communicated until ratification by the members of SEIU-West and SAHO Inc. “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both sides to reach an agreement that brings stability to important health services during this difficult time of pandemic,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman. “THE MEMBERS OF SEIU West are highly valued members of our health teams and are appreciated by the residents of Saskatchewan, and I want to thank them for their commitment.” SEIU-West represents 11,500 licensed nurse practitioners, special caregivers, caregivers, office workers and other occupations working in acute care, long-term care, home care, primary health care, emergency medicine, public health and psychological services.

Cape said, however, that the agreement itself does not enter the lack of staff. “Unfortunately, this agreement alone cannot address the critical situation of understaffing in the sector,” said Mr. Cape. “We need real collaboration between the government, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the unions so that we can significantly improve the system.” For the second time in four days, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations announced a new interim collective agreement with a union. The two organizations now have 60 days to ratify the agreement and SEIU West members will now meet by video and teleconference to verify them before voting to accept the conditions offered. A preliminary contractual agreement has been reached between SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). . .

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