Sending ballots out to more than 3,000 members asking them to back a walkout if necessary.
Regina (4 Feb. 2011) - Hospital pharmacists, respiratory therapists and other health care workers in Saskatchewan are being urged to give their union a strike mandate.
The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) is sending ballots out to more than 3,000 members across the province asking them to support a walkout if necessary.
HSAS says many workers see the latest contract offer of a 5.5% wage increase over four years as an insult. The union is attempting to bargain a new contract with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO).
Association members are covered by the province's essential services legislation, which limits the number of people who can strike. The workers have been without a contract since March of last year.
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