Paramedicals ratify contract

Issues remain unresolved after long negotiations
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/12/2011

The two most recent collective agreements summarized in this issue have something in common: union negotiators were lukewarm in their endorsement of the package that was eventually accepted.

According to Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan president Cathy Dickson, “While this agreement may represent the best that can be achieved today, Health Sciences will continue to bring these [under-staffing, waiting lists and lack of access] and other shortcomings to the public’s attention …”

The negotiations that led to this agreement took two years and saw “the longest running strike action in the history of the Saskatchewan health care sector.”