Health Regions reach agreement with SEIU-West

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SEIU-West employees in the Cypress Health Region are among the over 11,500 union workers who recently reached a new five-year collective agreement.

Earlier this week the Service Employees International Union-West (SEIU-WEST) ratified an agreement with the Cypress, Five Hills, Heartland and Saskatoon regional health authorities after reaching a five-year collective agreement with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Associations (SAHO).

The Cypress Regional Health Authority ratified the agreement at their January 22 meeting, with SAHO and SEIU-West confirming the agreement on Jan. 27.

The agreement, which is in effect until March 31, 2017, contains an 8.5 per cent increase over the five year contract. Retro active to April 1, 2012, the agreement include yearly pay rate increases of 2.0 per cent, 1.5 per cent, 1.5 per cent, 1.55 per cent and 1.95 per cent. The agreement also contains increases to shift, differential and standby rates as well as transportation allowances and professional fees.

The single biggest group of employees in the Cypress Health Region belong to SEIU-West and includes employees in diverse areas including house keeping, environmental service workers, dietary staff, continuing care aides, some ambulance personnel, LPNs, plus lab and Diagnostic Imaging personnel.

The two sides negotiated a tentative agreement back in December, will all sides now approving the terms of the agreement.

Organizations: Cypress Regional Health Authority, Service Employees International Union, Saskatchewan Association of Health Associations

Geographic location: Cypress Health Region, Southwest Saskatchewan

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