Papers & Research

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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Submission: Lab Services in the New Saskatchewan Health Authority

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On October 6, SEIU-West told the Ministry of Health what we think laboratory and pathology services should look like when the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is up and running. The bottom line: workload pressures and short-staffing in the lab/path sector have reached critical levels, and need to be addressed in a way that preserves the public nature of our health care system.

As part of the transition to the SHA, the Ministry set up a Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Working Group. In late July the Working Group contacted SEIU-West for our feedback on the future of laboratory and pathology services under the SHA. We began looking at the experiences of other provinces, and designed an online survey to gather the views of the real experts on the Saskatchewan situation: our 630 members who work in the lab sector. In mid-September, just before the survey was set to launch, the Working Group sent us a proposed governance model and a service delivery model for laboratory and pathology services, and invited our feedback by October 6. We revised the survey and launched it on September 19. It remained open until October 1.

On October 6 we sent a 29-page submission to the Working Group. The submission includes:

  1. Our feedback on the Working Group’s proposed Governance Model. We found the model too vague to say much about, except that how it winds up working in reality will depend on who gets hired to run it. If it’s some of the same managers who have been running the lab/path system for the past decade, we have real concerns.
  2. Our feedback on the Working Group’s proposed Service Delivery Model. The model lists 10 “essential items”, such as improvements in human resources planning, information systems, and transportation. We support all 10 items in principle, but as the saying goes, the devil is in the details, which are still to come. We are concerned that some of the items set the table for further privatization of lab services.
  3. Our feedback on documents the Working Group shared with us about recent experiences in the lab services sector in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. We assert that these experiences have little relevance to the Saskatchewan situation. Alberta in particular is still struggling to pick up the pieces of several failed attempts to privatize lab services.
  4. The results of our online survey. We received 145 responses. Among the key results: workload pressures are rising, and staffing levels have not kept up–69% of members said that their lab is short-staffed at least once a week. The closure of STC bus service severely disrupted lab service to rural areas, and health administrators have already begun contracting out to large, private, out-of-province lab companies that were lobbying the government months before STC was closed.

You can read the full submission here: SEIU-West Lab consultation brief

Letter to Patrick O’Byrne re: Laboratory & Pathology Services under the Saskatchewan Health Authority

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Submission: Saskatchewan Ground Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Stakeholder Consultation

Beyond our mandate and legal duty to advocate on behalf of our members and improve their wages, benefits and working conditions, SEIU-West strives to lead the way to a more just and humane society. We stand for economic and social justice, for dignity and respect, for having a voice on the job and in society, and for a secure job with the opportunity to advance. This mission heavily informs the recommendations in our EMS Stakeholder Consultation Submission.

Related:

Submission of SEIU-West to the Saskatchewan Ground Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Stakeholder Consultation

 

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Submission: Workers’ Compensation Board Governance and Appeals Consultation Process

SEIU-West recognizes the importance of continually seeking to improve the governance and appeals processes of the Workers’ Compensation Board. Yet the pursuit of improvement must be driven above all by the needs of the injured worker: to count as an improvement, changes in WCB structures or processes must smooth the injured worker’s access to much needed benefits, by ensuring that the appeal process is as comprehensible and timely as possible.

It is from that perspective that SEIU-West made a submission to the Workers Compensation Board.

Related:

SEIU-West Submission to WCB – July 5, 2017

 

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Submission: Consultation on Interpersonal Violence and Employment Leaves

SEIU-West was invited by the Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety to participate in the consultation process on interpersonal violence and the impact in the workplace.

SEIU-West’s Young Worker Committee (YWC) has worked tirelessly with other allies in the community, including the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) and Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) to raise public awareness about domestic violence. Together, we see the need for improved workplace safety and secure funding for those agencies who provide necessary community supports for the victims of domestic violence.

This report was submitted on July 20, 2017 on behalf of SEIU-West and our YWC.

 

Related documents:

Memo: Interpersonal Violence (IVP) and Employment Leaves

SEIU-West Submission: Consultation on Interpersonal Violence and Employment Leaves

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Submission: Stakeholder Feedback on Standards and Competencies for the RN with Additional Authorized Practice Document

SEIU-West promotes nursing care delivery models that are based upon the principles of collaboration, mutual respect, and the exchange of knowledge among members of the health care team.

It is from that perspective that SEIU-West has submitted our feedback to the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) on the Standards and Competencies for the RN with Additional Authorized practice.

Related documents:

SEIU-West Feedback SRNA

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WCB Board of Review submission

Here is a copy of SEIU-West’s submission to the Workers Compensation Board Committee of Review, submitted November 16, 2015.

SEIU-West Submission to CoR November 2015 – FINAL

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SEIU-West Submission to K-12 Education Advisory Panel

Here is our submission to the Saskatchewan K-12 Education Advisory Panel.

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Submission of SEIU-West to Dan Perrins – Education Governance Report

Here is a link to our submission to Dan Perrins, who was commissioned by the Saskatchewan Minister of Education to review education governance.

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Submission of SEIU-West to the Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities (RHA) Review Advisory Panel

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