MEDIA RELEASE: Community Workers to Government: Where’s the funding?

Saskatoon – Members of SEIU-West who work in select Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) want to know what has happened to government funding that was announced almost two years ago. They and other supporters gathered outside the Saskatoon Cabinet office to deliver a letter to the Minister of Social Services insisting she fully investigate these matters.

“Given that it is Community Worker Appreciation Day, we thought it fitting to seek answers from the Minister of Social Services about the government’s funding announcement from 2012,” said Carmela Verwimp, a Direct Care worker at Variety Place in Outlook. “We’ve been struggling to find out what happened to the money that was intended for us, the front line workers.”

On December 17, 2012, the government of Saskatchewan announced an additional $17.34 million per year targeted to front line workers in CBOs. At Cheshire Homes in Saskatoon and Variety Place in Outlook, front-line workers have not yet realized any benefit from this announcement.

“We have been corresponding with the employers and the appropriate Ministries to find out what has happened to the funding,” said Barbara Cape, president of SEIU-West. “In discussions with other employers, it was well understood the government intent of the funding and those employers have applied the funding to front-line workers.”

CBOs are funded by the Ministry of Social Services and various other government ministries including Education and Justice depending on the clientele they serve.

“Our members deserve to receive the money that was allocated to them in 2012,” added Cape. “We are coming up on two years now. They are worth more and so are the people they work with every day.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour, purple and one union, SEIU-West and they want you to note that purple works in our community! Visit to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.


For more information, contact:

Christine Miller

Phone: 306.370-4990

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MEDIA RELEASE: Community Workers to Government: Where’s the Funding?

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