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Bargaining Update #1 – November 9, 2018

Our main Collective Agreement with SAHO expired at the end of March 2018 but remains in place until a new agreement is signed.

SAHO provided HSAS with a notice to bargain on January 29, 2018. Three days later it was announced that SAHO would be absorbed by the SHA and cease to exist as its own entity by the spring of 2019. This did not come as a big surprise, but it did cause some initial delays in the bargaining process.

We finally were able to secure a meeting for May 30, 2018 with the individuals who would be representing the Employer for this round of bargaining. We met the new interim Director of Bargaining for SAHO and the individual named to be the lead negotiator for the Employer at the HSAS table. At this meeting, in an attempt by both parties to save time at the main table, it was decided that we would review the following terms at a side table: “Regional Health Authority”, “Employer”, and “SAHO”. Where appropriate, these terms could be dealt with as “housekeeping” issues. After identifying all instances where these terms are used, we are now in the process of determining which instances will be dealt with at the side table and which will have to go to the main table. We are targeting to have this work done before the end of November 2018.

The exchange of main table bargaining proposals was also discussed at this meeting with the plan of looking at dates in late November. We have since confirmed the date of December 18, 2018 for the exchange of proposals and will be looking at securing dates in three day blocks to continue the bargaining process in the New Year.

Committee work

Our Negotiating Committee has been preparing for this round of bargaining since November 2017. The focus of the Committee’s work was the top ten list of topics coming out of the HSAS Bargaining Conference of May 2017 based on the information received through our overall member survey.

The Committee identified the relevant articles of our current Collective Agreement that would fall under each of the topics and worked on putting together a proposal package for approval by our Executive Council prior to the presentation to the Employer. Executive Council approved the submitted proposal package on October 11, 2018 and it will now be presented to the Employer on December 18, 2018 at the exchange of proposals.

In closing I would like to thank all the members of the Negotiating Committee for their hard work to date and I look forward to continuing our work towards securing a new Collective Agreement for our membership.

Dean Job
Chief Negotiator/Negotiating Committee Chair
& HSAS Executive Director

HSAS Negotiating Committee

Dean Job Chief Negotiator/Negotiating Committee Chair & HSAS Executive Director
Karen Wasylenko HSAS President, Speech Language Pathologist, Union Region  7
Maureen Kraemer HSAS Vice-President, Social Worker, Union Region 12
Angela Barsalou HSAS Secretary, Respiratory Therapist, Union Region 7
Natalie Horejda Communications Committee Chair, Physical Therapist, Union Region 11
Scott Boucher Dietitian, Union Region 11
Jodi Posehn Addictions Counsellor, Union Region 7
Sergio Silveira Primary Care Paramedic, Union Regions 6 & 9
Shannon Orell-Bast Assessor Coordinator, Union Region 11

Employer Negotiating Committee

Ben Wihlidal Lead & Labour Relations Consultant, Regina
Eric Sarauer Labour Relations Consultant, Saskatoon
Greg Pauli Manager, Saskatoon
Sandeep Sharma Manager, Rehabilitation Services, North Battleford
Marjorie Ingjaldson Director, Primary Health Care Navigation, Regina
Jim Cheyne EMS Care Team Manager, Outlook
To be Determined Analyst, Compensation & Research, Regina
Heather Murray Director, Community Care Branch, Ministry of Health, Regina
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