SGEU cancer workers choose commitment over conflict

"It seems like an easy choice to us. We're choosing care and commitment instead of conflict," says Edwards. "We are disappointed that the government is willing to put patient care at
risk," he adds.

Regina (13 April 2012) - Saskatchewan's cancer care workers hold firm in their commitment to put patient care first, according to the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE).

The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) today presented workers at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency with an amended final offer. But the offer continues to refuse the option of settling disputes through an independent third party.

"We have offered not to strike - now or in the future - in exchange for binding arbitration. We know that this is in the best interests of our patients," says Trent Edwards, SGEU negotiating committee co-chair.

"It seems like an easy choice to us. We're choosing care and commitment instead of conflict," says Edwards. "We are disappointed that the government is willing to put patient care at
risk," he adds.

The collective agreement expired in December 2009.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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