Cape said the deal doesn`t address what she calls “critical understaffing.” The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations said in a statement that the agreement will conclude a total of four collective agreements of unions which, with the exception of affiliated organizations, are now all active in a single provincial health agency. In a press release issued Friday, the provincial government said the agreement between SAHO and the Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU-West) is the fourth to be reached by unions that, in addition to affiliated organizations, now all work in a single provincial health authority. In the coming weeks, members of the SEIU-West health system will check the details of the agreement before the vote, a press release said. The details of the possible agreement can only be published after the vote of the members of SEIU-Ouest. After 3 and a half years, a new provisional collective agreement was reached between SEIU-West and the province. The union, which represents 11,500 health care workers in Saskatchewan, has reached a preliminary agreement with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Details of the agreement will only be published after the vote. The agreement must be ratified within 60 days. “I am very pleased with the joint efforts of both sides to reach, in this difficult time of pandemic, an agreement that brings stability to important health services,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in the press release. “They will be able to check the terms of the provisional agreement, ask questions and express their opinion through their vote.” “Our members have been working hard since March 31, 2017, with no fault or stoppage, no new collective agreement,” Cape added. “They will be able to check the terms of the provisional agreement, ask questions and express their opinion through their vote.” “Unfortunately, this agreement alone cannot address the critical situation of understaffing in the sector,” Cape said.
“We need real collaboration between the government, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the unions so that we can significantly improve the system.” While the details of the preliminary agreement are not known, union president Barbara Cape said in a statement that it does not address critical underoclance and that the government must realize that health “care” is linked between hospitals, long-term care, home care, and municipal and psychological health services. “The Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU West) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO Inc.) have successfully concluded a new interim collective agreement. . . .