Representatives from the Service Employees International Union, SEIU-West, will be joined by their Coalition partners from Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU) for an information picket on April 16, 2010, at Saskatoon City Hospital.
The demonstration will highlight the need for SAHO to get back to the bargaining table with the three (3) Unions. SAHO walked away from the bargaining table twice, the final time after which they tabled what they consider a final offer. The Unions have indicated to SAHO that their membership wishes a return to the bargaining table to resolve outstanding items that would address critical staff recruitment and retention issues. To date, SAHO has not shown any willingness to proceed with meaningful, good faith negotiations or to recognize the important role played by over 25,000 members of the health care team in Saskatchewan.
On April 12, the three Unions forwarded a request asking for the immediate attention of the Health Minister to instill good faith in the bargaining process and get SAHO back to the table.
SEIU-West represents approximately 11,000 members, CUPE represents approximately 12,600 members and SGEU represents approximately 2000 members who work as health care providers in the provincial health care system.
The information picket will be held as follows: