Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Provides Final Offer to Union

15-Feb-2012

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Provides Final Offer to Union

The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO), on behalf of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, delivered a final offer to the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU), who represents employees of the Cancer Agency. The collective agreement for approximately 560 workers expired on December 31, 2009.

The last time the parties met was in September, 2011 when the employers’ proposal package was rejected by the union. “The final offer presented today provides for competitive wages, increases to shift differential and weekend premiums and enhanced maternity/paternity leave benefits,” stated Bernie Young, Vice President, Labour Relations for SAHO.

The final offer includes general wage increases totaling 8% over four years three months (January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014). In addition the offer provides a market adjustment for three classifications where the employer identified challenges with recruitment and retention and wage rates were not competitive in the appropriate market. Registered nurses will receive wage parity with Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) as of date of signing the collective agreement.

Young added “The final offer also would allow the Cancer Agency to extend the hours of operation to seven days a week to accommodate the needs of patients and improve access to care.” This change would bring the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency more in line with the acute care operations within the Saskatchewan health care sector.

SAHO has asked the union to take the final offer to the employees for a vote on the package.

Details of the final offer, the amendments, and supporting documents are available on the web site at www.working-together.info or www.saskcancer.ca.

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