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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.

“While presenting their proposal as a ‘final offer’, SAHO indicated that they are prepared to continue negotiations, and we are taking that suggestion seriously. While the proposal tabled today represents important progress, we still have some issues that need to be negotiated further or clarified,” Dickson said.

“In the meantime, as a show of good faith, the union has put a planned escalation of strike action on hold until further notice,” Dickson noted.

“Our members expect us to review this proposal in detail and to represent their best interests when responding. We will do exactly that and could return to the bargaining table as early as tomorrow, but not before we have had an opportunity to review and discuss this new SAHO proposal in full detail,” Dickson concluded.

Health Sciences is the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals from more than thirty health care professions. Health Sciences members include: Emergency care workers like Paramedics; Acute care workers like Hospital Pharmacists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Therapists; Rehab professionals like Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists; and Community-based professionals like Public Health Inspectors, Psychologists and Social Workers.

For Further Information Contact:

Cathy Dickson
President, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan
306-361-5655

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