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…)
SEIU-West (Service Employees International Union) responded with shock and growing dismay to recent public statements from Minister of Health Don McMorris regarding the utilization of private surgical care options to reduce backlogs. This reaction comes as a result of information released this week that the SaskParty government is exploring privatization options rather than investing to enhance the public provision of diagnostic tests such as MRIs and CT scans. As well, the SaskParty government is proposing to perform surgeries in private, forprofit clinics. (more…)
Saskatchewan – Conciliation talks on behalf of 25,000 health care providers in the province collapsed this afternoon after the Saskatchewan government and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) presented a “take it or leave it offer” to conciliator Doug Forseth, cancelled bargaining dates, and then contacted the media. (more…)
By Nicole Neufeld, The StarPhoenix
This letter appeared on November 2, 2009
Re: Union criticizes essential services law (SP, Oct. 27). As a special care aide at a long-term care facility, I think it’s ridiculous for Health Minister Don McMorris to assume that patients could travel to another nearby facility for the services they require. (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…)
Health-care workers will be back on the picket line – perhaps as soon as today – after the union’s call for its contract dispute to be sent to independent binding arbitration was rejected. (more…)
Private for Profit = Cuts in Public Funding?
By Lisa Zunti
As an SEIU-West member who works as a Licensed Practical Nurse on a surgical care unit, I have been attending meetings of the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative Guiding Coalition for over two years under the direction of our current provincial government mandate. As a committed health care professional, I was excited at the prospect of such opportunity to actively influence future solutions to increase surgeries within our health care system. Unfortunately, I come away from these meetings with feelings of despair and futility. (more…)