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Health Science Professionals Reject ‘Final Offer’ in Vote Forced by SAHO

Regina (May 27, 2015) – Specialized health care professionals represented by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan have voted 80% to reject a so-called ‘final offer’ contract proposal from Saskatchewan health care employers, represented by SAHO, Health Sciences President Karen Wasylenko reported today.

“In spite of SAHO forcing our members to vote on this so-called ‘final offer’, and launching an extensive misinformation campaign throughout the voting period, our professionals have spoken loud and clear: they reject this unfair, disrespectful contract offer, which did not provide full retroactivity on proposed wage adjustments, and would have capped the employer’s share of future increases in professional licensing fees,” Wasylenko said.

“Throughout these long and difficult contract negotiations, health care employers, represented by SAHO, have shown that they disrespect and under-value the vital work being done for Saskatchewan patients by our specialized health care professionals. This latest insult – forcing a vote on an unfair contract proposal – has been rejected out of hand by our professional members,” Wasylenko noted.

“This clear rejection came in spite of SAHO’s attempts to distribute misleading propaganda to our professionals in every health region. Some materials appeared to be designed to suggest their information was coming from Health Sciences rather than the employer; SAHO also threatened that a “no” vote could lead to early job action. How much better off would Saskatchewan health care and patients be today if SAHO had spent the past six weeks negotiating in good faith, rather than wasting time and public money on this misleading propaganda?” Wasylenko asked.

“SAHO seems determined to try to provoke Health Sciences into taking job action, rather than bargaining in good faith. The message of this vote is clear – SAHO needs to get back to the bargaining table with a new contract offer now,” Wasylenko concluded.

3,597 Ballots were mailed to Health Sciences members across the province on May 6th through the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board. Under provincial law, the LRB supervised the voting process after SAHO forced the vote on its so-called ‘final offer’. 2,268 Ballots were returned for a 63% membership response rate, with 80% of these members voting “no” to the SAHO proposal.

Health Sciences represents 36-hundred specialized health care professionals from more than thirty professions including: Emergency care workers like Paramedics; Acute care workers like Hospital Pharmacists and Respiratory Therapists; Rehab professionals like Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists; and Community-based professionals like Public Health Inspectors and Social Workers.

For Further Information Contact:

Dawn Brown, Communications,Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (306-527-1977)

Attachments:

SAHO Barganing Update – Q&A 1 April 29, 2015
SAHO Barganing Update – Q&A 2 May 6, 2015

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