The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have agreed to a new preliminary contractual agreement. The Saskatchewan government said the contract was another milestone in reaching a new collective agreement with a single health authority in the province. In addition, the Human Resources Department ensures that administrative systems are implemented to identify staff contributions while ensuring that organizational needs are met. The Sun Country Health Region employs approximately 2,377 people in more than 200 different jobs in 28 facilities. More than 95 per cent of these employees are in the framework of a collective agreement. Three (3) unions represent these workers. Some of the key functions of the human resources department are as follows: the agreement also contains modest increases for registered nurses. You will receive lump sums of up to US$800 for each of the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, followed by 1.5 per cent salary increases for each of the following years. The $800 payments instead of salary increases show respect for nurses while recognizing the financially difficult times in the province, Zambory said. “I thank SUN and SAHO Inc.
for their joint efforts and commitment to secure this interim agreement.” After nearly two years without a contract, members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have ratified a new four-year collective agreement. “This preliminary agreement will undoubtedly be a heavy burden on the shoulders of registered nurses and provide them with the stability and security they desperately need in the face of a global pandemic.” With trends towards higher service standards, increasing use of technology, increased competition for skilled professionals, and increasing/changing legislation, both workers and employers are tense to keep pace. Currently, The Human Resources (HR) Department of Sun Country`s Health Region coordinates the many management and organizational programs that contribute to the achievement of the goals of staff and our region in terms of services, work and safe practices. Zambory asked people not to relax after the vaccine arrived for public health instructions. “People need to be able to know that they can access the system, whether you have cancer and you need treatment or you have this chronic disease.” “I am sure registered nurses will welcome this good news, especially in these unprecedented times,” said Tracy Zambory, President of SUN. . . .