The Saskatchewan government said the contract was a new milestone in securing a new collective agreement with a single provincial health authority. Details of the new collective agreement between SUN and SAHO will be published after ratification by both parties. 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. Union members have been without a collective agreement since March 2017 and have tackled problems very loudly that have been compounded by new pandemic security measures that are now in force. For the second time in four days, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations announced a new preliminary collective agreement with a union. 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. “Thank you to SUN and SAHO Inc. for their joint efforts and commitment to reaching this interim agreement.” Details of the eventual agreement may not be published until after the vote of the Seiu-West members. “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 Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have reached an interim agreement. “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.” “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.” 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.
The last contract between the parties expired on March 31, 2018. Read more: Nurses Union, NDP react to rising cases of COVID-19 saskatchewans . The contractual terms, which have yet to be ratified, have not been released . . . . Read more: An interim contract has been signed for 11,500 health care professionals in Saskatchewan SUN, representing more than 10,000 registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and nurses.) “I`m sure registered nurses will welcome this good news, especially in these unprecedented times,” said SUN President Tracy Zambory. .
Details will be shared until a ratification vote. “Negotiations in the midst of a global pandemic have been a challenge. For the SEIU-West negotiating committee, our priority was to ensure that the work of our members on the front line of this pandemic is recognized,” barbara Cape, president of SEIU-West, said in a press release.