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2017

Apr 12

Canadian task force blasts Sask. hearing cuts

From the story:

The supply of audiologists in Saskatchewan pales in comparison to other provinces, and advocates say it’s about to get much worse.

That’s one reason deaf and hard of hearing children and their families are planning to protest at the Saskatchewan legislature later today.

“It just seems like a shotgun approach — target anything that moves,” said Karen Wasylenko, president of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS).

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/canadian-task-force-blasts-sask-hearing-cuts-1.4067757

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2016

Oct 17

Letter to the Editor – Saskatoon Health Region Cuts

HSAS sent a letter regarding Audiologist layoffs in the Saskatoon Health Region to the Editors of  news papers and publications in the Saskatoon Health Region, Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, Prairie North Health Region, Kelsey Trail Health Region, Keewatin Yatthé Health Region and the Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Authority.

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Oct 04
Sep 03

2015

Nov 16

Public Opinion Survey Shows Health Care Under-Staffing A Concern

Regina (November 16, 2015) – A province-wide public opinion survey commissioned by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan shows Saskatchewan residents are concerned that the under- staffing of specialized health care professionals endangers their access to needed health care services, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President, Karen Wasylenko, told a Regina news conference.

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Nov 03

Saskatoon Patients Waiting for Long Term Care Being Moved to Rural Hospitals

Saskatoon (November 3, 2015) – There is such a backlog of patients in Saskatoon hospitals, who have been assessed and approved for long term care placement, but don’t have a bed to go to, that the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) is trying to convince seniors and their families to accept a move to one of the region’s rural hospitals, where they may wait months before they finally get a long term care bed, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President Karen Wasylenko said today.

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Jun 16

Saskatchewan Health Regions Putting Long Term Care Residents at Risk

Regina (June 16, 2015) – Two surveys conducted among specialized health care professionals who serve Long Term Care residents, confirm that health regions have understaffed these critical services for years, and have done nothing to fix the problem, in spite of a series of public complaints and investigations this year into the state of Long Term Care in Saskatchewan.

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May 27
Feb 02

Supreme Court of Canada Essential Services Decision

To All HSAS Members:

Many of you would have heard the news (click here) that on Friday January 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, eight months after the May 2014 hearings, rendered their decision (click here) that Saskatchewan’s Public Service Essential Services Act (PSESA), was unconstitutional. The PSESA was enacted in May of 2008.

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2014

Nov 28

Pharmacists Severely Under-Staffed, Threatening Patient Safety

Regina (November 28, 2014) – “I have said many times that it will take an error where someone dies before anything will change”. These are the chilling words of a Saskatchewan hospital pharmacist, one of many who shared their concerns with the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan in recent membership surveys.

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Oct 30

Public Opinion Survey Shows Need for Increased Health Region Accountability

Saskatoon (October 30, 2014) – A province-wide public opinion survey commissioned by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan confirms Saskatchewan residents are concerned with the ability of their local health regions to deliver needed health care services efficiently, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President, Karen Wasylenko, told a Saskatoon news conference.

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Oct 16

Health Sciences Calls for Independent Review of Rural EMS

Saskatoon (October 16, 2014) – The ambulance service provided to rural and remote communities by Saskatchewan health regions is dangerously under-staffed and poorly managed, and there needs to be an independent review of how health regions are performing this vital life and death service, according to the President of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, Karen Wasylenko.

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Oct 09
May 01
Mar 10

Inefficient Staffing Could Lead to Hospital Admissions Crisis

Saskatoon (March 10, 2014) – Saskatoon Health Region could soon face another hospital admissions crisis, due in part to its inefficient staffing of the people responsible for arranging patient access to Special Care Homes, Home Care Programs, Community Therapy Services and Community Volunteer Services such as Meals on Wheels, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said today.

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Feb 07

2013

Dec 04

Survey Confirms Understaffing a Serious Health Care Issue

Saskatoon (December 4, 2013) – A recent survey of the specialized health care professionals represented by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan shows that six-in-ten (60.4%) believe their profession is under-staffed in their health care workplace, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said.

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Aug 26

HSAS Exchanges Proposals with SAHO

To all HSAS Members:

Your Negotiating team met with the SAHO Inc. negotiating team early this afternoon for exchange of bargaining proposals. Each team is in the process of reviewing the received proposals and will be meeting tomorrow to speak to their respective proposals.

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Jul 29

RQHR Hospital Pharmacists Severely Under-Staffed

Regina (July 29, 2013) – The severe under-staffing of hospital pharmacists in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region means patients in a number of Regina hospital wards, including the Cardiac Care Unit and the Children’s Ward at the Regina General Hospital, are receiving minimal assistance with critical drug therapy, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said.

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Jul 23

Physical Therapy Services Cut in Five Hills Health Region

Moose Jaw (July 23, 2013) – A document obtained by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan shows that the Five Hills Health Region, which includes the City of Moose Jaw, has a 50% vacancy rate among its physical therapists, and has drastically cut services to patients, including children and those with chronic conditions and injuries.

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Jul 16

Therapy Services Severely Understaffed

Regina (July 16, 2013) – A recent internal memo from the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region states that physical and occupational therapists are so severely under-staffed: “it is no longer possible to continue to provide service as per standard practice”.

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Mar 20

Health Sciences President Reacts to Provincial Budget

Regina (March 20, 2013) – The 2013-2014 Saskatchewan Provincial Budget, with its 4.5% increase ($131.8 Million) in base operating funding for Saskatchewan health regions, means those regions should get on with the job of improving needed health care services, and becoming more accountable to the public for the tax dollars they spend, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President Karen Wasylenko said immediately following the introduction of the provincial budget.

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Feb 26

Closure of Chronic Pain Centre Means Lost Patient Services

Saskatoon (February 26, 2013) – The announcement by Saskatoon Health Region that it will close the Chronic Pain Centre located at Saskatoon City Hospital, represents a significant loss of service for more than one-hundred patients who access this inter-disciplinary program, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said.

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Jan 25

Mental Health and Addictions Services Under Staffed

Saskatoon (January 25, 2013) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals, supports recent statements by Saskatoon’s Chief of Police that dealing with addictions and mental health problems is not a law and order issue, but a health care issue, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said.

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2012

Nov 16

Why are Health Regions Cutting Occupational Therapy Positions?

Saskatoon (November 16, 2012) – In the past year, Saskatchewan health regions have cut positions for occupational therapists by nearly 11%, even though waiting lists for many critical services have grown, and Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest number of occupational therapists for its population of all Canadian provinces, the President of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, Karen Wasylenko, told a Saskatoon news conference.

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Oct 04

Mediation Requested by Ambulance Workers

Nipawin – After working for nearly two years to try to negotiate their first contract with NorthEast Emergency Medical Services (NorthEast EMS), a private sector ambulance company serving Nipawin and Carrot River, ambulance workers are asking for a provincial mediator in an effort to conclude an agreement.

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May 15

Occupational Therapist Vacancies in Saskatoon Health Region

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession which provides many wide-ranging services to a variety of people from infants to older adults. Occupational Therapy is provided to people who have problems with their ability to perform normal activities of daily living. This may be due to many different causes including physical injury, emotional or developmental problems, stroke, elective surgery, chronic disease, aging and birth defects to name a few.

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May 03

Staffing of Respiratory Therapists Reaching Crisis Levels

Regina (May 3, 2012) – Saskatchewan health regions have failed to adequately staff respiratory therapist positions, and the number of vacancies for these specialized health care professionals is reaching crisis levels, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President Karen Wasylenko told a Regina news conference.

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Apr 02

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Failing to Fill Vacancies

Prince Albert (April 2, 2012) – In recent weeks there have been as many as twelve professional health care positions vacant in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region’s mental health program, and the region’s failure to fill these vacancies has resulted in longer waiting lists for people needing a variety of important health care services, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko told a Prince Albert news conference.

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Mar 21

Health Regions Need to Fill Vacancies, Restore Needed Services

Regina (March 21, 2012) – The introduction of the 2012-2013 Saskatchewan Provincial Budget, with its 3.5% increase in funding for Saskatchewan health regions, means those regions should get on with the job of filling 150 advertised vacancies among the specialized health care professionals represented by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, and restoring the public health care services reduced by these vacancies, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said immediately following the introduction of the provincial budget.

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2011

Dec 07

Saskatchewan has Lowest Level of Occupational Therapists in Canada

Regina (December 7, 2011) – Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest level of Occupational Therapists in Canada, resulting in long waiting lists for many critical services, and unsafe levels of access to others, according to the President of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, Karen Wasylenko.

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Nov 03

Physical Therapist Vacancies High; Waiting Lists Grow

Saskatoon (November 3, 2011) – Within weeks of signing a new contract with Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professions, health regions have filed information admitting that they have been unable to retain and recruit enough physical therapists this year to provide adequate service levels for the public, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko said.

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Oct 25

Concerns Raised about Potential Health Care Layoffs

Regina (October 25, 2011) – Do the provincial government and health care employers have a plan to lay off health care professionals after the November 7th Provincial Election, asks Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President-Elect Karen Wasylenko.

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Aug 05

Health Sciences Members Ratify New Contract

Regina (August 5, 2011) – Members of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan have voted 87% in favour of the new contract agreement reached last month with health care employers, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson announced.

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Jul 08
Jun 24

Notice to the News Media: Strike Action Update

June 24, 2011 – The 400 Health Sciences members who have taken part in strike action in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert this week will return to their jobs this morning (Friday). No additional job action is planned for today.

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Jun 23

Health Sciences Strike Action Continues

Regina (June 23, 2011) – Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals will continue today (Thursday) in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert with about 400 Health Sciences members remaining off the job.

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Jun 22

Strike Action Continues in Three Cities

Regina (June 22, 2011) – Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals will continue today in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert with about 400 Health Sciences members off the job.

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Jun 21

Wall Government Legislation a Failure

Regina (June 21, 2011) – The Wall government’s Essential Services legislation, which was supposed to help settle contract negotiations in vital sectors like health care, has instead resulted in gridlock at the bargaining table, and is now directly responsible for the longest health care strike in Saskatchewan history, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said today.

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Jun 21

Strike Action in Three Cities

Regina (June 21, 2011) – Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals will see about four hundred Health Sciences members off the job at eight o’clock this morning in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

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Jun 20
Jun 20

Health Sciences Announces Strike Action in Four Cities

Prince Albert (June 20, 2011) – Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals enter a seventh week today, with about three hundred Health Sciences members off the job at eight o’clock this morning in Regina, Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Prince Albert.

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Jun 16
Jun 16
Jun 16

Job Action Begins in Four Health Regions

Saskatoon (June 16, 2011) – More than one-hundred specialized health care professionals in four different health regions will be on strike as of eight o’clock this morning (Thursday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson announced.

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Jun 15

SAHO ‘Final Offer’ Contains Hidden Contract Take-Aways

Saskatoon (June 15, 2011) – The ‘final offer’ tabled last week by health care employers has been found to contain at least two hidden contract take-aways that would result in a salary loss of approximately 3% for about five-hundred Health Sciences professionals, and reduced financial recognition for educational achievement, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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Jun 14

Chronic Under-Staffing at Heart of Health Care Strike Action

Saskatoon (June 14, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals, says unsafe staffing levels, every bit as much as competitive wages and benefits, are at the heart of its ongoing contract dispute with health care employers.

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Jun 14

News Media Notice Issued Evening of June 14

June 14, 2011 – The more than 400 Health Sciences members who have taken part in strike action in Saskatoon since last Friday will return to their jobs tomorrow (Wednesday). No additional job action is planned for Wednesday.

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Jun 13

Wall Government Must Act to Prevent Escalating Health Care Strikes

Saskatoon (June 13, 2011) – The Wall government can only prevent escalating health care strikes across Saskatchewan by ordering SAHO to bargain in good faith or agreeing to send the current contract dispute between SAHO and Health Sciences to independent, interest-based, binding arbitration, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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Jun 13

Escalating Strike Action in Saskatoon

Saskatoon (June 13, 2011) – About four-hundred specialized health care professionals in the Saskatoon Health Region will be on strike at eight o’clock this morning (Monday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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Jun 10

Health Sciences Announces Job Action for Saskatoon

Saskatoon (June 10, 2011) – About three-hundred specialized health care professionals in the Saskatoon Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Friday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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Jun 10

Government and SAHO Running Out of Excuses

Saskatoon (June 10, 2011) – The Wall government and SAHO are running out of excuses to try to avoid sending the ongoing contract dispute with Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals to independent, interest-based, binding arbitration, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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Jun 09

SAHO Refuses to Negotiate, Leaves the Bargaining Table

Regina (June 9, 2011) – After spending weeks calling for a negotiated contract settlement, health care employers today refused to negotiate when presented with a new contract proposal from Health Sciences, and promptly left the bargaining table, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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Jun 09

Health Sciences Presents Counter Proposal to Health Care Employers

Regina (June 9, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan presented a counter proposal to health care employers today, building on the progress achieved with the latest employer offer, and pledging to remain at the bargaining table through the weekend, if necessary, to finalize an agreement.

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Jun 08

Health Sciences Says SAHO Proposal ‘Basis for Negotiations’

Regina (June 8, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan says the contract offer presented at the bargaining table this morning by SAHO can form the basis for further negotiations, and the union is preparing a counter proposal for presentation as early as tomorrow (Thursday), Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson announced.

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Jun 07

Health Regions Playing Political Games with Job Postings

Prince Albert (June 7, 2011) – Since Saskatchewan’s three-thousand specialized health care professionals began strike action last month, to focus public attention on chronic under-staffing and non-competitive wages and benefits for their professions, health regions have been playing political games with job postings in an attempt to cover up these serious problems, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson charged.

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Jun 01
May 31

Wall Government Sending Mixed Messages on Arbitration

Regina (May 31, 2011) – Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals are calling on the Wall government to prevent escalating health care strikes, by agreeing to submit their current contract dispute with health care employers to independent, binding arbitration.

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May 26

News Media Update

Yorkton (May 26, 2011) – The Health Sciences members who took part in job action Wednesday and Thursday in the Sunrise Health Region will return to work tomorrow (Friday).

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May 26
May 25

News Media Update

Yorkton (May 25, 2011) – The Health Sciences members who took part in job action Wednesday in the Sunrise Health Region will remain off the job tomorrow (Thursday). These members will continue to picket at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre, 270 Bradbrooke Drive.

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May 25
May 25

Health Sciences Job Action in Yorkton

Yorkton (May 25, 2011) – About sixty specialized health care professionals from the Sunrise Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Wednesday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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May 24

Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Independent, Binding Arbitration

Saskatoon (May 24, 2011) – A province-wide public opinion poll conducted on behalf of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan shows 67.5% support for independent, binding arbitration to settle the current contract dispute between specialized health care professionals and health care employers, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson announced.

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May 17
May 17

Health Sciences Job Action in Regina

Regina (May 17, 2011) – About one hundred twenty specialized health care professionals in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Tuesday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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May 16

Premier Can Avoid Further Strike Action with Independent, Binding Arbitration

Prince Albert (May 16, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan has announced there will be no additional strike action by Health Sciences members today, giving Premier Wall a “window of opportunity” to avoid additional strike action, by agreeing to send the union’s lengthy contract dispute with health care employers to independent, binding arbitration.

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May 13

Health Region Management Makes Difficult Situation Worse

Swift Current (May 13, 2011) – While about fifty specialized health care professionals in the Cypress Health Region are on strike today, health care managers are taking unhelpful steps that have increased the impact of this job action on patients across the region, Health Sciences Association President Cathy Dickson charged.

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May 13

Health Sciences Targets Service Impacts of Under-Staffing

Swift Current (May 13, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan says chronic under-staffing by health care employers is risking the safety of many Saskatchewan patients, and forcing many others to wait unacceptable lengths of time to access needed health care services.

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May 13

Health Sciences Job Action in Swift Current

Swift Current (May 13, 2011) – About fifty specialized health care professionals in the Cypress Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Friday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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May 11
May 11

Health Sciences Job Action in Saskatoon

Saskatoon (May 11, 2011) – About one-hundred fifty specialized health care professionals in the Saskatoon Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Wednesday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

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May 10

Health Professionals Reject Inadequate Proposal, Bargaining Suspended

Saskatoon (May 10, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan has rejected a proposal from health care employers and the Wall government as “totally inadequate” and has suspended further talks until employers and the government can confirm that they have a fair and reasonable contract offer to make, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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May 09

Health Sciences Focus on Risks to Patient Safety

Prince Albert (May 9, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan sees strike action by its members, which launched Monday in Prince Albert, as an important opportunity to highlight how chronic under-staffing by health care employers is risking the safety of Saskatchewan patients, Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.

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May 09

Health Sciences Job Action Begins in Prince Albert

Prince Albert (May 9, 2011) – About sixty specialized health care professionals in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Monday), Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President, Cathy Dickson, has announced.

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May 06

48 Hours Strike Notice

This afternoon, as required by law, the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan provided health care employers and the Wall government with 48 hours strike notice.

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May 06

Health Sciences Issue Strike Notice

Prince Albert (May 6, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals, has formally issued 48-Hours Strike Notice to health care employers and the Wall government, President Cathy Dickson announced at a Prince Albert news conference.

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Apr 03

Health Sciences Launches TV Ads on Government Double Standard

Prince Albert (April 3, 2011) – The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals, will launch television advertisements across the province this week questioning the provincial government’s double standard with respect to health care negotiations, President Cathy Dickson announced.

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2010

Nov 17

Contract Talks Break Off when Health Care Employers Refuse to Release Information on Staffing and Patient Service Levels

Regina (November 17, 2010) – The President of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, Cathy Dickson, says the union has broken off contract talks with health care employers over the employers’ refusal to release information about current staffing levels for the specialized health care professions it represents, and the impact these staffing decisions are having on the quality of health care services provided to Saskatchewan patients.

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Nov 05
Oct 25

Health Care Employers Failing to Provide Adequate Ambulance Service

Regina (October 25, 2010) – A year after the provincial government’s own study of Saskatchewan ambulance services found too many people having to wait unsafe amounts of time for an ambulance, health care employers have taken no meaningful steps to improve the recruitment and retention of emergency medical services staff, especially in Rural Saskatchewan, the Chair of the Saskatchewan Health Sciences Negotiating Committee, Bill Fischer, told a news conference.

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