When the province transitions to one single health authority, Saskatchewan’s three health care provider unions want to see little to no impact on patient, client and resident care.
SEIU West, SGEU and CUPE announced a proposal on Tuesday in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature.
They would like to form one bargaining council that would represent all three unions.
Barbara Cape SEIU West President said their proposal will save time and money.
“As we move into collective bargaining, what this means is it creates efficiencies both in terms of time and in terms of monetary resources. If you’re not running three bargaining tables it moves faster, takes less time and costs less money,” Cape said.
Bob Bymoen President of SGEU said this has been done in other provinces that have amalgamated their health regions similar to what Saskatchewan will do.
“In other provinces where they’ve amalgamated health districts in a similar fashion the best way to provide the least disruption for the people that are actually delivering the service, was to leave their contracts in place, leave their relationship with their union in place and have the unions work together,” Bymoen said.
The proposal is not unique, as both B.C. and Nova Scotia have multi-union bargaining councils.
Gordon Campbell CUPE President says with one bargaining council, one agreement between the three unions is entirely possible.
“There are efficiencies just found in the bargaining process where we would have all three unions at that same table, we would end up with a likelihood of having one agreement for our healthcare providers that we represent,” Campbell said.