Your SEIU-West bargaining committee had a meeting booked with the Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) to discuss essential services on February 19, 2016. However, due to poor road conditions this meeting has now been delayed to February 29, 2016. We have been informed that the Employer is working on a renewed offer and that they may have something after the 25th of February. We will keep you posted on any developments that occur with negotiations.
We can now confirm that PNHR has applied to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) for successorship; there are no dates set as of yet for the LRB to hear this application. This application is their formal acknowledgement that PNHR is the Employer at the Meadow Lake Associate Clinic (MLAC) – we will provide any updates as they become available relating to this application.
The Northern Pride newspaper ran a story about our issues in their February 11th edition. We have run two print ads in both the February 11th and 18th editions of the Northern Pride. We also have a billboard booked in the community until the end of February.
In addition, an insert will be distributed in the February 25th edition of the Northern Pride. Please encourage all members of the public to read this information and support our health care providers who have taken on the courageous fight for fairness.
We know that the patients and families that our members serve appreciate the valued service that the women in Meadow Lake Associate Clinic provide to the community. But as health care providers, we must also secure our right to health care – that’s why we will stand strong.
The PNHR has a slogan on their region’s website: ‘Healthy People. Healthy Communities’ – in order to stay true to this promotion, they must ensure their employees have the same access to health care as their fellow health care employees within the region.
Together we can show patients and families in our community that this dispute is not about cost, it is about priorities.