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  • Despite providing crucial emergency services to others, EMRs themselves do not receive medical or dental benefits, disability insurance, and do not qualify for a workplace pension plan. In the last few months since these videos were filmed, we’ve already lost the services of two EMRs featured here.

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October 26 to November 2, 2014

From October 26 to November 2, 2014, join us in celebrating Health Care Providers' Week.

This week we honour the important work we all do to provide high quality, public health care. Together, we help to ensure the delivery of high quality care to Saskatchewan residents.

CUPE health care workers are on the front line of public health care. We are continuing care aides, home health aides and licensed practical nurses, dietary staff, medical technologists and technicians, housekeeping and laundry aides, clerical and maintenance staff, therapeutic and recreation workers.

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CUPE celebrates Provincial Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technician Recognition Day – October 24, 2014.

It is Provincial Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technician Recognition Day and it is the perfect time to highlight the important work our members do to provide quality patient care.

Many patient encounters in health care involve interactions with medical technologist and technician professionals. Whether working in urban or rural Saskatchewan, Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians are a fundamental component of the health care team.

So during Provincial Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technician Recognition Day, take some time to appreciate the important work these members do every day.

CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council's Diagnostic Medical Technologists and Technicians Committee is bringing awareness to the vital role that these medical professionals perform on a daily basis.

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REGINA: CUPE is concerned that Brad Wall is floating the idea of private MRIs.

The cost of private MRI scans fluctuates between $600 and $1,000 across the country. There have been concerns that private options for MRIs mean that only people who can pay can receive medically necessary procedures in a timely manner.

"What we are talking about is a two tier system, where the people who are able to pay get access to the services quicker – regardless of need," said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. "While the rich get MRIs, the rest of us still have to wait."

Read more: MRIs should stay public, says CUPE.

ESTEVAN: On October 16, CUPE representatives stepped up to help with flood relief efforts in Gainsborough.

Roughly 280 people live in the village of Gainsborough. The entire village was affected by flooding, including the hospital. The hospital was evacuated, with patients being dispersed to other medical centres in the region.

Many CUPE members in the region were also impacted, and the union is involved with the campaign to help families. CUPE Saskatchewan, CUPE Health Care Council and CUPE National teamed up to donate $8,000 to the South Saskatchewan Flood Relief. Representatives of the organization were on hand to accept the cheque.

Read more: CUPE supporting Gainsborough flood relief

REGINA: Today, on Tommy Douglas's birthday, concerned groups are joining together to raise awareness about the creeping privatization of health care in Saskatchewan.

"Tommy Douglas was born 110 years ago today. His contributions to this province and this country are remembered as some of the great achievements in Canadian history," said Stan Rice, president of the Saskatchewan Health Coalition. "But in Saskatchewan, his greatest legacy – public Medicare – is being attacked."

Since elected in 2007, Brad Wall has been slowly chipping away at public health care.

"From privatizing hospital laundry to contracting out day surgeries to new public-private partnerships for infrastructure, what we are seeing is a sell-off of our most valued public service," said Barb Cape, president of SEIU-West. "Our province was a leader in creating public Medicare, but our provincial government is turning its back on this legacy."

Read more: Coalition to Wall: Don’t turn your back on Tommy’s legacy

I am writing to let you know that over the next few weeks the CUPE Saskatchewan Health Care Council will be conducting a survey on scope of practice for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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REGINA: CUPE is alarmed by Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region's aggressive privatization initiatives.

"Where is the investment in building a quality public health care system?" said Gordon Campbell, President of CUPE Saskatchewan's Health Care Council. "Evidence from Canada and around the world demonstrates that private health care lengthens wait lists, drives up costs and funnels public finances into the hands of private shareholders."

"This decision rewards multi-national for-profit corporations, like Aspen Medical and the Radiologists of Regina, who both donate generously to the Sask. Party," added Campbell. "We are concerned about what this will mean for patient care and quality and for the future of public health care."

"We need to keep the solutions public," said Gloria Fingas, an LPN and Vice-President of CUPE Local 3967, who represents workers in the health region. "The long-promised public Plains Day Surgery Centre in Regina would do far more to expand surgical capacity than the use of for-profit surgical clinics."

The innovative public Plains Surgery and Outpatient Care Centre was expected to handle 7,000 outpatient procedures annually by 2011. Plans for the free-standing centre, announced by the former NDP government in the spring of 2007, also include an expanded pre-admission clinic and a new diagnostic imaging centre with MRIs, CT scanners, ultrasound and X-ray equipment.

CUPE is calling for a halt to contracting out and a renewed funding commitment to the public Plains Surgery and Outpatient Care Centre.

pdfMedia Release Public Options for Health Care Services Should be First Priority Says CUPE

Come on out and hear what the cuts to Medicare mean for our health services and what you can do about it!
We have an exciting panel of speakers including:
Maude Barlow, Chair of Council of Canadians
Paul Moist, President CUPE National
Ryan Meili, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

The event takes places:
Monday, June 23at 7:00pm

Royal Saskatchewan Museum
2445 Albert Street, Regina

For more information, please contact Carmel Mitchell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Did You Know - You have the right to refuse unsafe work

You have the right under the Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Act to refuse work that you believe, on reasonable grounds, is unusually dangerous to you or anyone else in the workplace. An unusual danger can include a danger that's not normal; a danger that would normally stop work; or a situation in the workplace for which you are not properly trained, equipped or experienced.

If you are going to refuse unsafe work, your first step is to immediately inform your supervisor. Once you report your concern, the work will be investigated. You may refuse the work until you are convinced that sufficient steps are taken to satisfy you that the work is safe or until the Occupational Health and Safety Committee or an Occupational Health and Safety Officer has investigated and advised otherwise.

A worker may not be discriminated against for exercising their rights under The Act.
Read Section 23 of The Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Did You Know: Union Representative

Union representative You have the right to have a union representative present when you meet with your manager about any labour relations issue. This right also extends to group meetings between your manager and your unit or department. It includes meetings about terms and conditions of employment, job performance, anything to do with discipline, and any incident investigations where you are interviewed as a witness.

• If you are asked to attend a meeting, make sure that you are informed in advance what the meeting is about and insist on having your union representative present if you believe that any of the above situations apply.

• If you find yourself in a meeting where you believe you should have union representation, you have the right to stop the meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled.

• Sometimes, the employer hires outside investigators to interrogate employees. Sometimes these investigators use aggressive interrogation techniques. If you believe you are being intimidated or bullied in an interview or meeting with an independent investigator or a manager, stop the interview. The meeting may resume or be rescheduled once there is a guarantee of respectful conduct.

Always have a union representative present!

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Read Articles 2.01, 2.03, 10.04 and 17.01 in your CUPE Collective Agreement.

Did You Know: Posted and Confirmed Work Schedules

Posted and Confirmed
Work Schedules

If you are a full-time or part-time employee, your work schedule must be confirmed by the employer no less than 14 calendar days in advance. Once the schedule is confirmed, the employer cannot make any changes to your work schedule without your permission. If the employer makes a change to your work schedule without your consent, the employer is required to pay you two times the rate of pay for the entire shift so changed.

Did You Know: Family Illness Leave

When requesting Family Illness Leave you need only identify the following:

» The family member who is ill. This can include spouses,parents, in-laws, children, guardians, grandparents, and fiancés/fiancées. For a complete list refer to Article 30.05.

» The general nature of your involvement, for example, taking the family member to an appointment, caring for them or some other explanation of why they require your attention.

» The amount of time required.

You do not need to disclose any information about your family member's illness, as this is personal health information. Your employer is not entitled to such information.

If the situation involving your family member is emergent or life threatening, apply for Serious Illness Leave NOT Family Illness
Leave. You are entitled to up to two days of Serious Illness Leave for any occasion of a serious illness of a family member, provided
you are the primary caregiver. Save your Family Illness Leave for occasions involving your family's health that are less serious but still require your attention.

Read Article 30.07 Family Illness Leave in your CUPE Collective Agreement.

Did You Know: Serious Illness Leave

Serious Illness Leave

If you are the primary caregiver of an immediate family member, you are entitled to two consecutive working days of paid leave if the family member has a serious illness. The situation involving the family member must be emergent or life threatening.

In these situations, it is more appropriate to use Serious Illness Leave instead of Family Illness Leave. You are entitled to up to two paid days of leave for any occasion of serious illness of an immediate family provided you are the primary caregiver. There is no limit to the number of
times per year you can access Serious Illness Leave.

When a family member's situation is emergent or life threatening, insist on using Serious Illness Leave NOT Family Illness Leave.

Read Article 30.06 Serious Illness Leave in your CUPE Collective Agreement.