In our November Bargaining update it was reported that the parties would be exchanging bargaining proposals on December 18, 2018. The exchange did take place on that date and both teams had the opportunity to ask questions and to provide additional information pertaining to their respective proposals. This allowed both the HSAS and SAHO negotiating teams to come away from the exchange with an understanding of the issues that each party would like to address in this round of bargaining. The parties agreed to meet on January 15-17, 2019 to begin the bargaining process.
Three days of bargaining took place on March 5-7, 2019. These days built on the progress that had been achieved January 15-17, 2019.
The parties continued work on ‘housekeeping’ items with agreement being reached on three additional items in several articles – 1.19 – Definition of Saskatchewan Health Authority, 19.06 – Northern AllowanceProvisions, and 26.11 – Severance Pay. The updated language will reflect the transition from health regions to a single health authority.
In addition, Article 23.10and several Letters of Understanding were reviewed to assess their relevance going forward. After review and discussion between the parties, it was agreed that Letters ofUnderstanding 19 and 20will be retained with updated time frames and Article 23.10will see an update to the terminology. The Letter of Understandingregarding the inclusion of the Midwife classification will now be included directly in the collective agreement.
Over the three days, agreement was also reached on language in fiveadditional articles. These include
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.