Health Care Providers’ Week: October 26 – November 2, 2014

SK_HCworkers_campaign_poster_Health Care Providers Week 2014_WEBDuring Health Care Providers’ Week (October 26 – November 2, 2014), we recognize all that CUPE health care providers do behind the scenes and on the front line caring for the people in your life and contributing to high quality, public health care in Saskatchewan.

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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Expanded privatization in throne speech the wrong approach

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

REGINA: In the throne speech setting the agenda for the year ahead, the Government of Saskatchewan announced an expansion of its misguided privatization agenda with promises of more public-private partnerships (P3s), private liquor stores and even possible private sector ownership and control of rural roads. It is an approach that will increase costs for residents and put vital infrastructure and services in the hands of for-profit corporations, warns CUPE Saskatchewan.

“Selling off public infrastructure and services does not make a stronger province,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan. “The throne speech made one thing clear – Saskatchewan residents will be left to pay a high price for an expanded privatization agenda.”

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Graham: Regina wastewater treatment plant P3 claims need scrutiny

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

Tom Graham, President, CUPE Saskatchewan Division

In a letter to the editor, Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, challenges recent claims surrounding the Regina wastewater treatment plant public-private partnership (P3) currently under construction.

“P3 privatization schemes do need more scrutiny,” writes Graham. “It should be crystal clear from the evidence of costly P3 mistakes across Canada that they are a great way for investors to make money and the worst way to provide public infrastructure and services.”

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CUPE supporting Gainsborough flood relief

Photo CUPE Supporting Gainsborough Flood Relief (Oct  17 2014)

Tom Graham, President CUPE Saskatchewan, Gordon Campbell, President CUPE Health Care Council and Sandra Seitz, President CUPE Local 5999 present a cheque for $8,000 to help with flood relief to Elaine Revet, Gainsborough resident and CUPE member and Marj Nystee from South Saskatchewan Flood Relief.

ESTEVAN: On October 16, 2014, CUPE representatives stepped up to help with flood relief efforts in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan.

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.

“Over 29,000 CUPE members across this province stand with the families of Gainsborough that have had to deal with the destruction of flooding,” said Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan.

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MRIs should stay public, says CUPE

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.”

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CUPE Local 4324 taking a stand against cancer

Four members of CUPE Local 4324, employees at the Redvers Activity Centre, are planning to shave their heads for cancer research – if they can each raise their $500 fundraising goal.

The Redvers Activity Centre located in the town of Redvers, Saskatchewan provides vocational employment, residential and social programs for persons with developmental disabilities and chronic mental illness. Over the past few years, the program participants and staff have been touched by the shadow of cancer.

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North Battleford P3 Hospital Town Hall: October 22, 2014

SK Hospital P3 town hall_North Battleford_Oct 22 2014The provincial government has announced that it plans to build the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) model.

Join CUPE and the Council of Canadians for a public town hall meeting to explore the issues surrounding privatizing public infrastructure and what a P3 means for the Battlefords.

When: October 22, 2014 beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: Dekker Centre (623 Carlton Trail), North Battleford, SK

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Saskatchewan 2015 CUPE Winter School: January 25 – 28, 2015

Winter School 2015Registration is now open for the Saskatchewan 2015 CUPE Winter School to be held January 25 – 28, 2015 at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw. Held annually, CUPE’s Winter School provides members with an opportunity to build knowledge and skills essential to further their activism and meet workplace challenges.

Deadline for registrations:  January 5, 2015

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