Member Updates

SEIU-West Member Updates

Submission to the Ministry’s Employment Leave Consultations

On May 4, 2018, Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West, received a letter dated May 1st from Michael Carr, Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety inviting SEIU-West to participate in consultations on amendments to The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) related to recent changes to the federal Employment Insurance Act (EIA). 

Click here to download a PDF of SEIU-West’s brief on Amendments to the SEA employment leave provisions.

 

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2018 Saskatchewan Pride Season

Gone are the days of celebrating Pride just during the month of June… Saskatchewan has a whole season!

Starting on May 12, you can celebrate pride all over the province!

The Saskatchewan Pride Network, Moose Jaw Pride, and the Community Initiatives Fund have come together to celebrate “True Colours” all summer long.

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Front Line Newsletter – Spring 2018

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Inside the Winter/Spring Issue 2018 – Front Line Newsletter

CLICK: Inside the Winter/Spring Issue 2018 – Front Line Newsletter

A sample of articles:

Dear Rosie: Who is Rosie?

Cape’s Corner

Member Story: Build Skills!

Member of Distinction

 

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SHEPP Newsletter Spring 2018

Attention SEIU-West members who are covered by the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan (SHEPP).

You can now access the 2018 spring newsletter online.

Looking for past issues? You can access issues back to April of 2009 by visiting Active Member news on the SHEPP website.

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Moose Jaw & District Labour Council Annual General Meeting

SEIU-West will be sponsoring up to two members to attend the Moose Jaw & District Labour Council’s (MJDLC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is being held on April 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm.

Interested members are invited to complete our Expression of Interest form and submit it to Neil Colmin by April 3, 2018.

Registration fees, lost wages, honorarium, accommodations, meals and mileage will be covered by SEIU-West.

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Apply Today: SFL Workers of Colour Committee

SEIU-West is pleased to offer up the opportunity to be nominated to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Workers of Colour Committee.

If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please fill out the online SEIU-West Expression of Interest Form on or before March 28, 2018.

The SFL Workers of Colour Committee provides representation and support to union members of colour to facilitate their participation in the labour movement.

The committee consists of union members from different sectors and areas of the province. The committee is relfective of every workplace that is represented by a union affiliated to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL).

Committee Mandate: 

  • To recognize the ever-changing demographics of Saskatchewan: The SFL Workers of Colour works toward securing the SFL’s future in the labour movement by reflecting this demographcial change within our workforce.

Committee Goals:

  • To use our wealth of knowledge to support differences and respect different cultures
  • To encourage greater participation of Workers of Colour at the local level and all other decision making levels.
  • To work with other Equity seeking groups to broaden and develop our goals, we build coalitions in the community, and make the SFL and Labour the movement of choice.

The SFL Workers of Colour Committee is appointed following SFL conventions in even-numbered years.

To be appointed you must be nominated by your union.

Related Content:

SFL Workers of Colour Committee Brochure

SEIU-West Expression of Interest – SFL Workers of Colour Committee

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Member Call Out: SEIU-West Futures Committee

SEIU-West takes great pride in our reputation as strong leaders within the labour movement. Our concerted effort to lead the way is characterized by strategic planning informed by solid research as we map our path of progress.

To that end, we are looking for the dedicated input of two front line rank and file SEIU-West members to take part in our new SEIU-West Futures Committee.

These members will be part of a 10 person SEIU-West team that will work as an advisory to our local executive and with our sister Canadian Local Futures Committees to plot our direction for the next several years.

This committee will look at the megatrends (such as demographics, technology, global economy and climate change) we face as a labour movement so that we can identify, and analyze potential threats and opportunities. Our goal is to create a plan so that we can be proactive rather than reactive.

Though we still have to finalize our terms of reference, we anticipate that the members chosen would have to commit to approximately four meetings per year, reading and reflecting on information provided to committee members, and actively participating in the work of the committee.

A great deal of research and effort have already gone in to the development of this work on a national and international level and we are excited about our potential work and its value to our future success within our Local Union.
If you are interested in applying for one of the two front line member positions, please submit your Expression of Interest by February 19, 2018.

Email your Futures Committee related questions.

Thanks for your consideration and engagement!

Related Documents:

Backgrounder: SEIU Futures Committee

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President’s Message: JJE, LOU, and Teleconferences

Welcome back from your holiday break and Happy New Year to you and your families. There’s much to look forward to and also reflect on; I’m not a big resolution maker, however, I do look at how I can improve in work and personal areas. But I also reflect on the past year and what we have been able to do together; what had a positive impact and what didn’t hit the mark.

One of the things that I believe had a positive impact were a series of teleconferences we held with members affected by the changes to the Joint Job Evaluation Education (JJE) factor rating changes. We met with members from the Diagnostic Imaging family of classifications and Recreation Coordinators. In both instances, the concern in part was that the JJE reviewed the hours required for education due to a reduction in the number of classroom hours by the education institutions. This reduction, in turn, reduced the pay band for a number of classifications – not all of them, but some of them. Our Union rep, Tracy Goodheart, had met previously with groups in the admin and finance family of classifications with similar concerns.

I think we can all agree that every single person who works in health care brings incredible value and team work to our system. So when we see the reduction in pay of any of our members due to changes to JJE ratings, we take a good hard look at what was done, why it was done and how can we best manage the issues. I don’t believe anyone foresaw the educational institutions dramatically reducing classroom hours or making the changes they did to some entrance prerequisites, without consulting the people who would be affected. Such dramatic change to the education system should not change the value of the work performed and quite simply, we see this as a de-valuing of the jobs – as the required skills and knowledge remain the same. Adding to this is the fact that new processes, equipment and knowledge are introduced regularly in a world-class health system like ours and now members of certain classifications are required to fulfill on-going education requirements. The JJE plan needs to take the additional requirements into account to ensure that the integrity of the job evaluation plan is maintained.

In our SAHO/SEIU-West Bargaining update no. 9, we shared with our members that we had focused on this problem for a series of bargaining dates. In the end, we were able to negotiate a Letter of Understanding (LOU) that set in place a thorough review of the JJE plan. As part of that LOU, there is a moratorium on implementing the reduction in pay band changes because of education factor changes and at the same time, we reached agreement that where pay bands went up, the changes would be implemented. Further to that, we have included a process where, after the JJE plan review and the application of the new job factors by the maintenance committee, where pay bands do not return to their former levels, implementation would be stopped for three months so that we can negotiate the need for a market adjustment or supplement to address recruitment and retention issues.

Ultimately, we are competing for skilled health care professionals from across western Canada, but also across the country. We’ve asked for any supporting information that shows that our members, or potential members, are looking to leave Saskatchewan which will impact recruitment and retention strategies. We need to always be diligent that the JJE processes do not exacerbate already existing interprovincial pay inequities. If you have any of this information, please share it with me at barb.cape@seiuwest.ca and I will ensure that our JJE review committee members get a copy.

The job evaluation plan is a solid one, but it hasn’t had an in-depth review for over 15 years. This LOU for a JJE plan review will allow us to dig into where we need to make improvements and address any deficiencies in the plan.
In some of the conference calls, there were questions about SUN and HSAS not being a part of the JJE plan – that is correct. Our JJE plan is only for the health care provider unions of SEIU-West, CUPE, and SGEU.

In our conference calls, there was a lot of enthusiasm for assisting in this job evaluation plan review…and I can tell you that we appreciate the interest and offers. We are limited in the number of people we can have on the review committee and this review is not just for those affected classifications, but for the whole plan. So we have named Bob Laurie, Director of Contract Bargaining and Enforcement and Russ Doell, Deputy Director of Contract Bargaining and Enforcement, to this committee. And we have taken the names of those volunteers who’ve indicated that they would act as a resource for specific classifications. These people would be a resource to provide information only for a specific meeting or period of time if called upon by the committee.

There are no guarantees that we will see increases to pay bands – I don’t want to mislead any of you; pay bands may go up; they may stay where they are; or they may be reduced. But we want to ensure a fair review process that members can understand and engage in.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the members of those classifications who requested and joined our conference calls. Having a meeting like this before a busy time like a holiday break is never ideal, but there was a lot of interest and questions and information provided to everyone on the call. Further to that, a number of our members wrote to their elected MLA’s who sit in the Legislature, outlining the recruitment and retention issues this raises and also identifying how this would impact patient-centered care – this was brilliant as it assisted all parties in moving to an agreement on this LOU so quickly. So I salute each one of you who took the time to ask questions and engage on this issue.

We haven’t shared the actual LOU as it is jointly signed by our coalition partners, CUPE and SGEU, along with SAHO. We would need to seek their agreement to sharing and will do so in the coming days.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 ext. 2298.

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Front Line Newsletter – December 2017

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Inside the Fall/Winter Issue 2017 – Front Line Newsletter

Inside the Winter Issue 2017 – Front Line Newsletter

CLICK: Inside the Winter Issue 2017 – Front Line Newsletter

A sample of articles:

Cape’s Corner

Activist Camp

A Proud Tradition

Provincial Leadership races in 2018 – Research Now, Vote Later

Sask. Health Care Innovation Summit

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Unions launch People Who Care website – just in time for the holiday season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 12, 2017

SGEU, SEIU-West and CUPE are launching a new website today, profiling Community Service workers and the important care they provide to Saskatchewan people.

Modeled after the popular Humans of New York website, the People Who Care site features photographs of, and first-person narratives by, workers who provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in the province.

“I love helping people,” says Marc, a Special Care Aide featured on the site. “I loved it so much that I quit the oil rig to come back, and I put myself through school to be able to do this.”

Through first-person storytelling and photography, the site highlights the important care that workers in Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) provide. And with the holidays just around the corner, it’s an especially appropriate time to highlight the care that CBO workers provide to people who may not have anyone else to turn to this time of year.

Darla, a cook in a 40-bed facility for people with intellectual disabilities, says she always cooks a turkey dinner for the residents at Christmas. “We have a cafeteria-style kitchen, and while I’m working, the residents come by and talk to us, and we get to know each other,” she says.

The People Who Care site also provides the public with an opportunity to learn more about CBO workers – including why they do this challenging yet rewarding work, and how they make a difference in people’s lives. Many of the workers featured on the site express their love for helping people.

“I love that I get to give kids tools to make their lives a little better,” says Laura, a Children’s Program Coordinator. “I believe that – even though kids have experienced violence, that hasn’t written the rest of their story.”
SGEU President Bob Bymoen says he’s proud of the work that SGEU members in Community Services, and all CBO workers, do to ensure that no one is left behind.

“Many people are not aware of the critical hands-on services that CBO workers provide to people in need,” says Bymoen. “We want to showcase the many ways that CBO workers help people in our communities, and make our province a better place to live.”

SEIU-West President, Barbara Cape agrees.

“CBO workers are on the frontlines, caring for people with mental health and addictions issues, people living with disabilities, those in crisis, at-risk youth and so many others,” she says. “Some of the most vulnerable people in Saskatchewan rely on CBO workers for support – and now the public can visit the People Who Care site to learn more about them and the important services they provide.”

“These workers for the most part don’t do this work for the pay,” says CUPE President Tom Graham. “CBO workers do this work because they feel passionate about caring for their clients. They deserve recognition, and this website will do an amazing job of bringing attention to the workers who will be spending their holidays with their secondary families, their clients.”

SGEU, CUPE and SEIU-West represent CBO workers in nearly 80 agencies across the province, and have been working together for more than a decade to support and promote workers in this sector.

Visit the People Who Care site at: https://www.saskpeoplewhocare.org/

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For more information, contact:

Evie Ruddy
Communications Officer, SGEU 306-775-7877

Christine Miller
Communications Coordinator, SEIU-West
306-652-1011 x8733

Eagleclaw Thom
Temp. Communications Rep., CUPE
306-525-5874

Click here for a printable PDF version of MEDIA RELEASE: Unions Launch People Who Care website.

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