By Verda Petry, The Leader-Post July 11, 2011
Was it a joke? tongue-in-cheek? Surely no one would pay for a fullpage colour ad as a joke. I refer to the On Track Saskatchewan ad (June 28). I wondered – for whom is Saskatchewan “on track”? I let my eyes drop to the bottom of the page where I found the answer: Provincial chambers of commerce, Association of Saskatchewan Realtors, Certified General and Management Accountants, Canadian Home Builders Association. For these groups Saskatchewan is “on track”. (more…)
This letter to the editor about the effects of the Essential services law on health care workers was written by SEIU-West member Linda Cuell in May 26,2010: LTE Linda Cuell Essential Services Legislation
Click the following link to read this article which appeared on July 14, 2010 in the Star Phoenix: Union slams SAHO
March 15, 2011
This letter was published in the Star Phoenix on March 19, 2011 under the title: “Different Expectations“
It was recently reported in the Star-Phoenix that Maura Davies, CEO for Saskatoon Health Region, will receive a pay increase in 2011-2012 that will put her over $400,000 annually because she is ‘exceeding the expectations’ of Saskatoon RHA Board Chair Jim Rhode. This article clearly sets out that Ms. Davies annual salary since her start year in 2005 has more than doubled. Who gets twice the salary in six short years? I would guess that Saskatchewan Association of Health Organization (SAHO) executive salaries have experienced similar jumps. Is this because they too have exceeded the expectations set out for them? (more…)
CBC News: Posted: Apr 19, 2011 2:12 PM CST
The NDP Opposition says the Saskatchewan government is paying huge raises to highly paid health region CEOs and not enough to front-line workers.
New Democrat leader Dwain Lingenfelter told the legislature this week that the the CEO of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region recently received a 60 per cent pay increase.
Lingenfelter also said the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region paid a $71,000 increase to its CEO. At the Saskatoon Health Region, the CEO got an increase of $100,000 in one year and is now being paid over $400,000 a year, Lingenfelter said. (more…)
Saskatchewan – A new poll shows strong public support for health care providers in their contract dispute with the Saskatchewan government and health employers.
The Viewpoints Research Survey commissioned by CUPE, SEIU and SGEU, shows 61.2 per cent of Saskatchewan residents support health care providers, while only 21.8 per cent support the government and health employers. (more…)
By Janet French, The StarPhoenix June 23, 2011
Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan health professionals are continuing Thursday in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina.
The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) says about 400 workers are off the job in the three cities, and are picketing in front of Regina’s Pasqua Hospital, along College Drive in Saskatoon, and outside Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital.
“Our rotating strike action — now the longest health-care strike in Saskatchewan history — is continuing because there is no indication from either SAHO (the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations) or the (Brad) Wall government that they are prepared to resume meaningful negotiations or accept our request to send this contract dispute to independent, interest-based, binding arbitration,” (more…)
What inspired these ads? Quite simply, our members. The work SEIU-West members do is a valuable contribution to the day-to-day life of the people of Saskatchewan.
The team arrived on our street on Aug. 27, going door to door to solicit support for our Saskatchewan Party MLA, Ken Cheveldayoff.
When the fellow arrived in my yard, he asked if I would be supporting Cheveldayoff in the upcoming provincial election. I told him that I am a health-care worker and his reply was: “Well, we won’t hold that against you.” (more…)
The Saskatchewan Party government has pushed through legislation that will suppress voting while not making recommended changes to improve voter accessibility, the NDP charged this week.
Opposition justice critic Frank Quennell said the province is heading into the fall election campaign without moving on the recommendations of the province’s chief electoral officer and without the usual overhaul of The Election Act that occurs between provincial votes. (more…)