After almost three years, SGEU/NUPGE has reached a tentative agreement with Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
Regina (24 Sept. 2012) - A tentative collective agreement between the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU/NUPGE) and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) has been reached.
“We are pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached,” said Bernie Young, acting CEO of the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Inc. (SAHO).
“We have been working diligently through the collective bargaining process and believe we have provided an offer that meets the needs of the employer, the union, and still puts clients and patients first. This tentative agreement provides an opportunity for everyone to move forward with the work of caring for clients and patients.”
The more than 560 SGEU/NUPGE members include a diverse group of employees such as nurses, administrative professionals, pharmacists, information technology specialists, mammography technicians, and others have been without a contract since December 2009.
“Our main objectives going into bargaining were to achieve a fair agreement for our members, while at the same time protecting our patients from the stresses and disruptions that can come from job action,” said Trent Edwards, co-chair of the union negotiating committee. “Despite this difficult round of bargaining, we feel we have achieved both.”
Details of the agreement will be released once the information is shared with the membership and the ratification vote completed.
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