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MEDIA RELEASE: Residents of Rose Villa Deserve Safe Care

For Immediate Release – March 11, 2015    

Saskatoon – The leaders and members of SEIU-West were distressed by the allegations centred on their union in the CTV news story regarding empty beds at Rose Villa, a long-term care facility, in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

“Nothing could be further from reality than the comment made by Ms. Minish in the story,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “She claimed that the ‘administration is restricted and controlled by the Union’ at Rose Villa. The truth is that SEIU-West has been both collaborative and supportive of the efforts to fill vacant staff positions so as to extend operations to full capacity. One of our unit leaders from Rose Villa, Colleen Denniss, recently participated in career fairs in Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon where she actively made a pitch for graduates to consider recruitment in this community, among others. SEIU-West sponsored this attendance.”

Shelly Banks, Vice-President of SEIU-West and a full-time Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) at Rose Villa, takes exception to the story and added: “It is regrettable that the general public does not know the many reasons for our current dilemma. Our members are giving up vacation time and work crushing overtime hours in order to fill vacant shifts. It is an anomaly when we come to work and have full baseline staffing; working short has become the norm.”

“Let’s be clear, this is not what our union wants at all,” continued Banks. “We welcome full-time jobs and we remind the employer when jobs remain un-posted. The problems of Rose Villa cannot be blamed on the very people who are struggling each day to meet the care needs of the 48 residents who currently live at our facility.”

“We agree that Rose Villa is challenged with retention and recruitment issues. While we have actively promoted timely posting and filling of vacancies at this facility, there is a shortage of available candidates for these positions here and elsewhere in the province,” added Cape. “We share the frustration of not having all the beds open and we want the shortage of care providers addressed. However, we must all realize that it is irresponsible and unsafe to open beds when we have insufficient hands-on care providers to deliver the quality, compassionate and timely care our residents deserve.”

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, 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 www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733


For a printable PDF of this release, click on the link below:

Media Release: Residents of Rose Villa Deserve Safe Care

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SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update no. 28

We wanted to provide you with a status up date on the implementation of the collective agreement that SEIU-West members voted to accept on Jan 21, 2014. Notice of ratification between SAHO and SEIU-West was exchanged on Jan. 24, 2014.

Click on the link below to download the printable PDF of the update:

SEIU-West/SAHO Bargaining Update no. 28

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SEIU-West/SAHO Memorandum of Tentative Agreement

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SEIU-West/SAHO Vote Results

SEIU-West members employed in the Saskatoon, Five Hills, Cypress and Heartland Health Regions exercised their right to vote on their Collective Agreement on January 21, 2014. A majority of members voted to…

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SEIU-West/SAHO Vote Results – January 23, 2014

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SAHO/SEIU-West Ratification Vote Date

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President’s Message: Where to Vote and Why

For the majority of our healthcare membership, we have a very important vote on a tentative collective agreement coming up on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The vote will be held in facilities across the province and in the SEIU-West union offices in Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Saskatoon. You can vote at any facility where it is most convenient for you…but you need to vote!

Some members have been pleased with the tentative agreement (TA) and some have been critical of the provisions negotiated. Both are legitimate reactions, but the SEIU-West Bargaining Committee felt that this was the time to put the decision in the hands of our membership. Ultimately, this decision will be made by those members who show up and vote their preference. This is why we have produced the TA and this is why we had our array of meetings to explain the contents. We want our members to know what they are voting on. If you have questions, we urge you to ask them.  Please call the Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-888-999-7348 or use the Contact Us form on the website.

Some members have asked why CUPE members are taking a strike vote. I cannot answer that question on their behalf. What I can tell you is that the CUPE agreement, the SEIU-West agreement and the SGEU agreement are all different collective agreements. There were different language priorities for each union and there were different concessions demanded from each of the three unions.

We continue to support our brothers and sisters in CUPE and SGEU. We have lobbied government to drop the concessions demanded of our sister unions; we have asked for the withdrawal of the ‘work for pay’ provision being demanded of our sister unions; and we will work with them no matter what the results of our vote or their votes are.

This ratification vote is important – this is your chance to participate in setting the workplace rules for all of us (the union membership and the employer representatives) for the next 3 years. Take the time to come out and mark your decision on your ballot in the vote on Tuesday, January 21 in the SEIU-West ratification vote on the tentative agreement with SAHO and the health regions.

Poll Times by Health Region:

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Reminder: SAHO Ratification Vote Date

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Highlights of SAHO Tentative Agreement

On December 6, 2013, SEIU-West reached a tentative agreement with SAHO and the Regional Health Authorities.

Click on the link below for the printable PDF version of the Highlights of the SAHO/SEIU-West Tentative Agreement document.

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SAHO Ratification Vote Date

The SAHO Provincial Tentative Agreement Ratification vote will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Times and locations for all SEIU-West facilities will be posted on the Union bulletin board and the SEIU-West website.

Please watch for further information Please come out and vote.

Your SEIU-West Provincial Bargaining Committee appreciates your participation.

Get the printable PDF notification poster for your bulletin board by clicking on the link below:

Poster: Ratification Vote Notification – SAHO/SEIU-West

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SAHO Ratification Information Meetings

NOTICE: Due to weather conditions, the December 9th meeting scheduled for Swift Current at 4:30 pm has been RESCHEDULED to Monday December 16th at 4:30 pm

Ratification information meetings are being held across the province for SEIU-West members who are covered by the SAHO collective bargaining agreement during the next two weeks.

At these meetings, members of the SEIU-West bargaining team will be on hand to provide you with information regarding the tentative memorandum of agreement between SAHO and SEIU-West, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Please note these meetings are for information purposes so you know what is in the tentative agreement – you will not be voting on the contract. 

We will be scheduling meetings to hold the ratification vote during January 2014.

Full meeting location details are available in the posters below:


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