According to SUN`s website, the contract with SAHO expired on March 31, 2018. The union represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and nurses in the province. DO: At that time, we had the most pro-work government in the province [the New Democratic Party], and they were the ones who had to tell us to get back to work. The strike took place in April, and they [the PND] called for elections at the end of June, and they ended with a minority government. And I think it was a contagion of the strike. They often do not have a pro-work government that gives the job to unionized workers. They were proud that the negotiation process could be developed to reach a negotiated collective agreement. We were on strike at 7 a.m., and at 11:00 in the morning, they were introducing laws to get us back to work, so we didn`t have time to see if the work operation would be effective or not. But we still did not have a collective agreement. Then we started negotiating. I think it was July 1st, we got our agreement.
Details of the new collective agreement between SUN and SAHO will be published after ratification by both parties. In a press release on Monday, SAHO said it had reached an agreement with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). On Friday, SAHO announced that it had reached an agreement with SEIU-West. The last contract between the parties expired on March 31, 2018. So the work is very low on the totem pole. down! No one wanted – the last time we negotiated, we got to a dead end in 2014, and our collective agreement came from a special mediator, and it again had to do with the fact that nurses could exercise their autonomy to determine if there was a need for more staff. So the fight goes on. RL: We have a process called the “Security Advisory Process” where you can document critical incidents that occur when there are staff shortages – or equipment problems, etc. Finally, if employers and unions fail to reach an agreement, it is an independent evaluation committee (IAC). However, the decision of the Independent Evaluation Committee (IAC) was not binding. So we tried to make those decisions mandatory.
The announcement comes shortly after SEIU-West announced that an interim agreement had been reached with its SAHO on 20 November. The Saskatchewan government said the contract was a new milestone in securing a new collective agreement with a single provincial health authority. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have reached an interim agreement. “Thank you to SUN and SAHO Inc. for their joint efforts and commitment to reaching this interim agreement.” For the second time in four days, the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations announced a new preliminary collective agreement with a union. “This interim agreement will undoubtedly place a huge burden on registered nurses and provide them with the stability and security they desperately need in the face of a global pandemic.” RL: We worked very closely together.
Posted Apr 12th, 2021