Our collective agreement expires on March 31, 2017. Your CUPE HEALTH COMMITTEE must come to the negotiating table because he knows he can count on your support. But for this to happen, we need to have correctly identified the problems that are most important to you. “Workers` ability to strike is an essential part of collective bargaining; a cornerstone of our free and democratic society. It is extremely important that our country`s highest court recognize this as a right of all workers, both private and public,” said Paul Moist, CUPE`s national president. “No union ever wants a strike, but without the right to strike, employers have an unfair advantage. This decision ensures a balance between employees and employers in negotiations. “Thank you to SUN and SAHO Inc. for their joint efforts and commitment to reaching this interim agreement. Today we reached an interim agreement with representatives of SAHO and regional health authorities. In April, CUPE members committed to a bargaining association and collective agreement for all health care providers when the interim agreement was ratified. At the 2019 General Assembly, members supported the bargaining association with a request to promote the development of a bargaining association with the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union (SGEU Health Providers) and Service Employees International Union (West) (SEIU – West) which must be ratified by CUPE Local 5430, Membership.In September, we hold membership meetings in each region to share information on the collective agreement.
, answer questions and let the association approve membership. Over the past 20 months, your bargaining committee has made significant concessions from the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Inc. (SAHO) and employers. After months of bitter negotiations between May 2012 and April 2013, we were able to withdraw many of these concessions or negotiate them where we believe they would be useful and feasible in the management of the collective agreement. Most of the money items were not discussed during this period, as SAHO`s position should be moved to the common table, where all service unions (CUPE, SGEU and SEIU West) generally negotiate salaries and other proposals representing the interests of health care providers across the province. As we noted in the previous negotiating paper, it is important that we continue to support our seIU-West and SGEU coalition partners. Now that the individual discussions are over at each table, we are ready to bargain collectively as a union coalition. Thank you to cupE health care providers who have strongly advocated a fair collective agreement.
Your 86% vote in favour of action for employment is a strong message that your bargaining committee will convey to employers and employers. Your CUPE Health Care Council is proud to represent more than 13,000 health professionals in our five health regions across the province.