I write to you today on behalf of our 12,000 members who provide health care within the Sask Health Authority, as they are in need of support. This group of members provide a variety of valuable services on the health care team: they are continuing care assistants, licensed practical nurses, diagnostic and therapeutic technologists, maintenance personnel, sterile processing workers, administration, food services and environmental services among others. They have been without a contract since March 31, 2017 and they are done waiting. Understandably, in the context of COVID, these members are on the front line – they are faced daily with staff shortages – crushing workloads – far too many overtime demands – denied vacation – and the list goes on. All the while they are still be paid 2016 rates of pay. It is entirely unfair – and it is a result of our government stubbornly refusing to provide any added resources (beyond their horrible mandate of 0/0/1/2/2) to resolve our contract.
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