Newswire

Jan
12

2018
On January 20, 2018 SUN will march in solidarity with women and human rights groups across Canada and the world to show there is still so much work to do to protect and advance the rights of women everywhere. SUN is a proud supporter of Women’s March Canada. As a union we know that when we work together and speak with one voice we become a powerful force for a better world. “I’m marching on January 20th because in 2018, women in my Saskatchewan, and my Canada, should not still be fighting...... Read More
Dec
14

2017
Two unions representing health sector workers in Saskatchewan are pointing to overwork as a root cause of absenteeism among its members. The president of one of the unions representing health care workers in Saskatchewan said she was not surprised by provincial auditor Judy Ferguson’s findings about absenteeism in the health sector. On Tuesday, Ferguson released the second volume of her annual report, which tracked absenteeism in the Heartland Regional Health Authority and the Saskatchewan...... Read More
Dec
07

2017
It’s deeply troubling that some Saskatchewan employers view paid days off for victims of domestic violence as a deterrent to hiring women. This is unacceptable considering its often overwhelming physical & psychological toll, not only on victims and their families, but on society as a whole. Domestic violence is an issue we need to combat together by taking action at all levels. As individuals, neighbors, friends, family, communities, government, and even employers, we must all work together...... Read More
Dec
01

2017
Today is World AIDS Day and sadly Saskatchewan has the highest rate of HIV infection in Canada, with 2,091 cases reported between 1985 and 2016. The number of new cases in Saskatchewan is almost triple the national average. "We need a solid strategy to turn the tides on this public health emergency, that includes improved funding and resources that can be dedicated to population education, fighting discrimination, enhanced testing and most importantly better access to antiretroviral...... Read More
Nov
30

2017
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent and devastating human rights violations in our world. December 6, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991, this day commemorates the 1989 murders of 14 female engineering students at Montreal’s l'École Polytechnique. They were targeted and died because they were women. This day is about remembering the victims of gender-based violence. It’s about acknowledging and...... Read More
Nov
15

2017
Media Release For Immediate Release Regina, November 15, 2017: Sparking innovative thinking to improve how Saskatchewan’s patients experience their health system is uniting over 320, community and health leaders, frontline care providers, patients, educators, students and technology entrepreneurs at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina today. Inspired by the imminent move from 12 provincial health regions to a single health authority on December 4, 2017, the 2017 Health...... Read More
Oct
20

2017
SUN president, Tracy Zambory, RN, joined nursing leaders from across Canada in Edmonton yesterday in hosting the CFNU "Safe Model for Home Care" breakfast for provincial and territorial health ministers. It was great to see Saskatchewan's Hon. Jim Reiter, Minister of Health and Hon. Greg Ottenbreit, Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health, in attendance. Canada needs a safe-at- home policy and more nurses providing home care to address the risks patients and nurses face every...... Read More
Oct
19

2017
“Saskatchewan’s registered nurses welcome this announcement,” says SUN President, Tracy Zambory. “When it comes to mental health and addictions we need bold action – we need to chart a new path that recognizes mental illness for what it is; a long-term, public health battle that will require innovative ideas, persistence, investment and political will. This is most definitely a move in the right direction.” This is an important step towards improving access to the essential care our...... Read More
Oct
19

2017
A new study suggests Saskatoon and Regina remain two of the worst cities in Canada to be a woman “Speaking on behalf of a traditionally female-dominated profession, and as a committed feminist, I am disappointed to see Saskatchewan’s major cities featuring so low down on rankings such as women's access to personal and economic security, education and health. These things really are all fundamental human rights and not just women’s rights. In truth though, I’d like to a see a Saskatchewan...... Read More
Jul
25

2017
More than a dozen nurses specializing in intravenous insertion and burn and trauma care at the Health Sciences Centre will be out of jobs this fall, says the union that represents nurses in Manitoba. "I am very concerned about the impact these changes are going to have on the people of Manitoba and I think we have to speak out," Sandi Mowat, president of the Manitoba Nurses' Union, told CBC News Monday. Mowat said two clinical nurse specialists — one each from the burn and trauma units at...... Read More
Jul
25

2017
SUN Statement: Very concerning. The decision to permanently close 38 long-term care beds in Regina’s largest nursing home, Pioneer Village, is of great concern to registered nurses. Given the current trends of an ageing population with increasing healthcare needs, coupled with the growing number of patients already waiting for a long-term care bed in hospitals, this decision is not in the best interest of patients. Many in the public may not know that currently a portion of...... Read More
Jul
25

2017
The care Butch Stokes received at the Medical Surveillance Unit at the Pasqua Hospital was nothing short of a miracle, says his wife. Incapacitated by chronic vomiting and diarrhea, Butch was at the emergency room twice and then admitted to a ward at the Pasqua Hospital for 16 days where doctors ran a gamut of tests. Still, they couldn’t determine why his condition continued to deteriorate. “I can’t say that his care wasn’t good in the other ward, but there is really no comparison,” Linda...... Read More
Jul
18

2017
Briefing entitled Access through Innovation: Maximizing Federal Mental Health Funding (EDMONTON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) co-hosted this morning a premiers’ breakfast briefing on mental health care with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Premier of Alberta as part of this week’s premiers’ summit in Edmonton. The briefing featured two speakers who have dedicated much of their careers to improving mental health care in Canada. Hon. Michael Kirby is...... Read More
Jul
18

2017
Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada (EDMONTON) Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all Canadians have access to life-saving medications, and to bring down the costs of the current increasingly out-of-control...... Read More
Jul
04

2017
Catch up on everything that happened when over 1,200 nurses gathered in Calgary, Alberta, as the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosted the 2017 Biennial Convention. It was an incredible week of solidarity, lively discussion and idea sharing as nurses from across Canada talked about the common challenges they face and how, with the support of their respective unions, they are working together to overcome these challenges. Topics impacting nurses, patients and communities ranging from...... Read More