The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and Service Employees` International Union West (SEIU West) on Thursday ratified new collective agreements with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations. According to a press release from the province, this is the first time an agreement has been reached for all unionized employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) since the sha`s inception in December 2017. SUN`s six-year contract runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2024. There was no wage increase for the first two years, followed by a one percent increase this year and three consecutive two percent increases thereafter. “I am very pleased to have successfully concluded collective bargaining with our major health unions,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in the statement. “I want to thank everyone for their efforts to reach these milestones and continue to provide valuable health services to the people of our province.” SUN represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and registered nurses across Saskatchewan. SEIU-West represents 11,500 additional workers in the health sector, from long-term care to psychiatric services. It is also “one of the first agreements in the field of health to recognize the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” the press release said. The five-year SeiU-West agreement runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. The first two years, there is no increase in wages. This results in a 1% increase and a few percent increases of 2% – plus the option for a sixth year, also at 2%. The collective agreement applies for the period from 1 April 2012 until 31 March 2017 and valid until the conclusion of a new collective agreement.
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