To All HSAS Members covered by the HSAS & SAHO Collective Agreement:
Since the previous bargaining update, your Negotiating Committee has met with SAHO on six sets of dates: September 17-19, September 25-27, November 5-7, November 13-15, December 10-12 and December 17-19.
Through the process, the parties have continued to identify articles within the collective agreement which require changes to the existing language to better reflect the amalgamation of the health regions into the single health authority as well as the proposals put forth by the parties. Two such articles are Article 26 – Lay-Off and Work Resumption and Article 29 – Workplace Reorganization. Agreement was also reached on language within Article 26 which better defines a work unit for the purposes of lay offs as well as ensures that laid off employees are automatically considered candidates for future vacancies.
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 Allowance Provisions, and 26.11 – Severance Pay. The updated language will reflect the transition from health regions to a single health authority.
In addition, Article 23.10 and several Letters of Understanding were reviewed to assess their relevance going forward. After review and discussion between the parties, it was agreed that Letters of Understanding 19 and 20 will be retained with updated time frames and Article 23.10 will see an update to the terminology. The Letter of Understanding regarding 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…
Summer is almost half over. Your Negotiating Committee is looking forward toward resuming bargaining in September. Before then, let’s take a look back at where we ended in June.
The HSAS Negotiating Committee met with SAHO on April 23-25, May 14-16, May 28-30, and June 4-6, 2019.
Over the four sets of bargaining dates, a number of articles were discussed and agreed to by the parties. These articles continue to reflect transition language stemming from the amalgamation of the former health regions, provide clarification of language and processes as well as enhance the access to information for members and Union alike.
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.