“I am very pleased that collective bargaining with our major health unions is successful,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in the statement. “I would like to thank everyone for their joint efforts to reach these milestones and continue to provide valuable health services to the people of our province.” SUN represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and nurses across Saskatchewan. SEIU-West represents 11,500 more people in the health sector, from long-term care to psychiatric services. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West) on Thursday ratified new collective agreements with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations. According to a provincial press release, this is the first time an agreement has been reached for all unionized employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) since the inception of the SHA in December 2017. SUN`s six-year contract runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2024. No wage increases were expected in the first two years, followed by a 1% increase this year and three consecutive increases of two per cent thereafter. It is also “one of the first public health agreements to recognize the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” the press release said. The five-year SEIU-West contract runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022.
In the first two years, there was no increase in wages. This results in an increase of one percent and some 2 percent – plus the option for a sixth year, also at 2%. SEIU-West represents approximately 11,400 employees in various secondary roles in the province, including Stenos office workers, laboratory technicians, diagnostic technicians, security guards, porters, janitors, nursing assistants, licensed nurse practitioners, laundry assistants, weight-loss workers, housekeepers and cooks. The collective agreement will apply from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017 and will remain in effect until a new collective agreement is concluded. To promote thoughtful and respectful conversations, first names and surnames will appear at each filing at CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in child and youth-focused communities). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed. SAHO SEIU-West Accord from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2017 (3631 KB) In making a comment, you agree that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish this comment in any way, the CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies.
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