Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan is a Union of professional health care specialists working to improve the economic and general welfare of its members and improving the health care environment for the public.
Major dates in Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan history include:
HSAS holds it second Bargaining Conference with approximately 50 members from across the province.
“Town Hall” meetings are held across the Province to hear from members issues they are experiencing in their work.
The Saskatchewan Government announces it will appeal the decision that the Public Service Essential Services Act is unconstitutional.
The Public Service Essential Services Act is ruled unconstitutional by Justice Ball.
The lawsuit regarding Bills 5 & 6 is heard in Regina for more than 2 weeks.
Certification order comes through to organize 7 mid-wives members throughout the province.
HSAS membership ratifies the Tentative Agreement. The new agreement is in place from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013.
A Tentative Agreement is reached with SAHO.
HSAS conducts the longest healthcare strike in Saskatchewan history. The effectiveness of this strike is tempered by the Saskatchewan Party’s Bill’s 5 & 6 which are the bills that form the framework for the new Essential Services legislation. HSAS was the first union to strike under the new Public Service Essential Services Act. There were 27 days of actual picket lines throughout the province. Approximately 1000 members were pulled-out on strike.
Application was made to the Labour Relations Board to organize midwives in the province.
North East EMS was organized by the union. An additional 20 new members were added to HSAS. Collective bargaining on a new agreement begins.
Interim President acclaimed as new President at the AGM held in Saskatoon.
Non-confidence vote reached by Executive Council. The result was the current President was asked to step down and the Vice-President became the interim President.
HSAS Saskatoon expanded offices at current location.
Annual strategic planning sessions started for the 1st time at Elbow, Saskatchewan.
HSAS Regina expanded offices and moved to a new location on Park Street.
Health Sciences is successful in becoming certified to represent Laboratory Technolgists and the Biomedical Technologist employed at Canadian Blood Services in Regina.
Health Sciences has their application heard at the Labour Relations Board to represent Laboratory Technolgists and the Biomedical Technologist employed at Canadian Blood Services in Regina.
Health Sciences members vote 98% in favor of accepting the 2-year Collective Agreement.
Larson House, a detoxification facility in Saskatoon, is taken over by the Saskatoon Health Region. In applying the Dorsey regulations, the Labour Relations Board awarded Health Sciences the (27) Table C professionals employed there; namely, Addictions Counsellors and EMTs. Although Larson House had been organized by SGEU, they hadn’t negotiated a first contract by the time Saskatoon Health Region took it over.
In July 2005, facing a 0-1-1% total compensation mandate from the Employer, Health Sciences members vote in favor of Job Action. A settlement is reached in August 2005, with wage increases of 2-2-2%, with another 2% for members on the top step along with other monetary improvements. Job Action is not taken in achieving this settlement.
Health Sciences members vote to provide their Negotiating Committee with a strike mandate.
Following a six and a half week strike, a first collective agreement was ratified with Crestvue Ambulance Services in Yorkton.
A first collective agreement could not be reached with Crestvue Ambulance Services in Yorkton. As a result, strike action began on this day.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the Bargaining Agent for the non-union support practitioners employed by Kilbach’s Ambulance Services in Esterhazy, a privately owned ambulance service.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the Bargaining Agent for the non-union support practitioners employed by Crestvue Ambulance Services in Yorkton, a privately owned ambulance service.
February 21, 2002
Health Sciences and SAHO sign a tentative settlement providing members a wage increase of 3%, 3% and 3%.
SUN and SAHO sign a tentative agreement giving nurses a 20% wage increase using mandate and job evaluation money.
Health Sciences Executive Council votes to recommend that the membership reject the tentative agreement.
SAHO files a complaint against Health Sciences with the Labour Relations Board alleging that the Union had committed an unfair labour practice by failing to recommend the tentative agreement to its members.
For the first time ever in their history, the Health Sciences membership rejects a tentative agreement by a margin of 78%. This settlement had been reached by Health Sciences and SAHO on February 21, 2002.
Health Sciences conducts a strike vote. Members vote overwhelmingly (80%) to take job action.
The Labour Relations Board grants an injunction at SAHO’s request barring Health Sciences from striking until a decision is rendered regarding the alleged unfair labour practice.
The Labour Relations Board decides in favour of Health Sciences finding that the union had not committed an unfair labour practice rejecting every argument raised by SAHO. This cleared the way for Health Sciences to take job action.
Health Sciences commenced job action by conducting an incremental withdrawal of services. Negotiations continued with the assistance of a mediator, Stephen Kelleher.
SAHO refused to move off their position regarding Market adjustments and Job Evaluation – as a result talks break down.
Health Sciences moved to all out strike action taking all members out with the exception of essential services.
Mr. Kelleher returns to assist the parties in their negotiations.
A tentative agreement is reached and Health Sciences members return to work.
Health Sciences members vote 90% in favour of accepting the tentative agreement.
The Health Sciences strike is recorded as the longest health care strike in the province’s history. Our members were rewarded for their determination with significant improvements in wages and a workable method to deal with market adjustments.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the bargaining agent for the non-union Health Support Practitioners employed by Melville’s St. Peter’s Hospital in the North Valley Health District.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the bargaining agent for the non-union Health Support Practitioners employed by LaRonge EMS, a privately owned ambulance service.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the bargaining agent for the Health Support Practitioners in the two  newly created northern Health Districts.
Health Sciences makes application to the Labour Relations Board to represent approximately 35 Health Support Practitioners in the newly created northern Health Districts of Mamawetan Churchill River and Keewatin Yatthé.
The Labour Relations Board issues an order certifying Health Sciences as the bargaining agent for thirty  professions employed by Health Districts in Saskatchewan including four  health facilities in northern Saskatchewan.
Mail in ballots were counted with the following results: Number voting = 1344
Health Sciences votes = 980
SGEU votes = 359
Spoiled ballots = 4
Disqualified ballots = 39
Disputed ballots = 35 [for Board determination]
Health Sciences and SGEU embarked upon a campaign to convince members of the Health Support Practitioner Unit to vote for them. On April 1, 1997 300 Health Sciences Technologists are transferred without a vote to SEIU.
Health Sciences appeared before the Labour Relations Board requesting it hold a hearing over its allegation that implementation of the Dorsey Regulations would result in breaches of the Trade Union Act, Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, Charter of Rights and Freedoms and International Labour Conventions. On March 5, 1997 Beth Bilson, Chairperson of the Labour Relations Board, in a 17 page decision rejected the request.
SGEU’s application to have Dorsey’s Regulations set aside was heard at Queen’s Bench by Justice Pritchard in Regina. Health Sciences, an intervenor in this application, supported SGEU. On March 10, 1997 Justice Pritchard released her 34 page decision dismissing the application. An appeal of her decision was filed by SGEU supported by Health Sciences; however, the Court of Appeal refused to move off of Justice Pritchard’s decision.
Barry Nowoselsky, President of SGEU sends a memo to SGEU members in elected positions. This memo is noteworthy as it reveals the backroom deals that were taking place among the unions during Dorsey’s deliberations. For example on page 6 and 7 he states:
After a period of time four unions [SGEU, SEIU, CUPE and SUN] met under the facilitation of Barb Byers, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. The meetings that Barb Byers facilitated were solely to pressure SGEU to join them in their attempt to ensure HSAS would no longer exist in health care. They felt by joining forces they could slip SGEU a few members from SEIU and CUPE to ensure HSAS would not be included in a vote for their membership. In return SGEU was to give up their Homecare members, Wascana Rehabilitation Centre members, all Nurses and accept the idea of no votes anywhere.