In the coming weeks, members of the SEIU-West-Gesundheitswesen will check the details of the agreement before the vote, according to a press release. Details of the agreement are shared until ratification by SEIU West and SAHO members. The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations said in a press release that the agreement will make a total of four union collective agreements that, with the exception of member organizations, are now all active in a single provincial health authority. Details of the eventual agreement may not be published until after the vote of the Seiu-West members. SASKATOON — SEIU-West says that after more than 1,300 days without a new collective agreement, members reached an interim agreement Thursday. In a statement released On 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, with the exception of affiliated organizations, are now all active in a single provincial health authority. Union members have been without a collective agreement since March 2017 and have tackled problems very loudly that have been compounded by new pandemic security measures that are now in force. While the details of the preliminary agreement are not known, union president Barbara Cape said in a press release that she does not deal with critical underemployment and that the government must recognize that “health care” is interconnected between hospitals, long-term care, home care and public and psychological health services. After three and a half years, a new interim collective agreement was reached between SEIU-West and the province. Cape said the agreement did not meet what it calls “critical understaffing.” The two organizations now have 60 days to ratify the agreement and SEIU West members will now meet via videoconference and telephone to verify the terms and conditions available before voting.
“They will be able to verify the terms of the interim agreement, ask questions and express their opinion through their vote.” The union, which represents 11,500 health care workers in Saskatchewan, has reached a preliminary agreement with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO).