Media Releases

Feb
11

2016
REGINA, February 11, 2016: Today, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) notified the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) that collective bargaining has reached an impasse. This decision comes after more than seven (7) months at the bargaining table. “We are incredibly disappointed and believe this to be a missed opportunity for SAHO to collaborate with the province’s almost 10,000 registered nurses on finding solutions to improving both patient care and workplaces,”...... Read More
Oct
14

2015
Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan said a pledge the provincial government made in 2012 to end emergency room wait times in Saskatchewan hospitals won't be kept. The admission comes after questions from the NDP opposition on Tuesday, which marked the first day of the fall sitting at the Saskatchewan Legislature. It will be the last one before the provincial election in spring, which is set for April 4. Saskatchewan NDP Leader Cam Broten raised the issue on emergency room wait...... Read More
Sep
16

2015
Registered nurse Jacki Capper says not being able to provide proper care to patients is an everyday occurrence for workers in her field, and one that takes a heavy emotional toll. “You almost get despondent,” she said. “We came into the profession to help, and when you can’t do that anymore you think, ‘Why am I doing this?'” The phenomenon Capper describes is known as moral distress — the feeling care providers get when they know what a patient needs, but due to a lack of time...... Read More
Jun
25

2015
(Regina, SK) – The Regina Board of Education (Regina Public Schools) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have signed a new collective agreement.  “This is the culmination of a lot of co-operation between SUN’s and Regina Public Schools’ negotiating committees, and we are very pleased with the result,” says Denise Dick, SUN First Vice President. “We negotiated this in a day and it reflects the positive outcomes that are achievable when both parties take a collaborative approach to...... Read More
Apr
30

2014
(Yorkton, Saskatchewan) - The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) opened its 40th Annual Meeting in Yorkton this morning with close to 400 registered nurse delegates and guests in attendance. The three-day event will celebrate 40 years of SUN being a leading voice for registered nurses in the province, by recognizing past accomplishments and examining some of the current health care and societal challenges Saskatchewan people face today. “40 years is a major milestone and registered nurses...... Read More
Dec
11

2013
(SASKATOON, SK) The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and Station 20 West announced an expansion of their partnership Wednesday, which will see greater collaboration on health education and outreach programs as means to address the root causes of health problems in Saskatoon’s Westside Core neighborhoods. In addition SUN announced the forgiveness of a $250,000 loan extended to the project in 2009. “Station 20 West is really about building strong, healthy communities and taking action...... Read More
Nov
26

2013
(Regina, SK) Healthcare dominates as an issue of top concern for Saskatchewan people, with registered nurse care seen as integral to service delivery according to a province wide public opinion survey. The survey was conducted by Praxis Analytics in October (2013) on behalf of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). SUN annually conducts public research to gauge how people feel about the services provided by registered nurses in healthcare delivery, and about the system as a whole. “We know...... Read More
Apr
24

2013
(REGINA, SK) The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) opened its 39th Annual Meeting this morning with close to 400 registered nurse delegates and guests in attendance. The three-day event to be held at the Turvey Centre (April 24 & 25, 2013) and Conexus Arts Centre (April 26, 2013) will focus on issues of key professional and political importance to Saskatchewan’s registered nurses. “With so much change happening around us in both the provincial health care and labour environments we are...... Read More
Nov
06

2012
Regina, November 6, 2012: Members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) working at the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle have voted 100% in favour of ratifying a new two-year collective agreement. This comes after a tentative agreement was reached in late October after less than one day of bargaining. “This is great news and shows just how well collective bargaining can and does work under existing legislation,” says SUN President, Rosalee Longmoore. “Too often these...... Read More
Oct
25

2012
OCTOBER 25, 2012, REGINA: On the tail of today’s Speech from the Throne the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) sees opportunity for collaboration on the modernization of labour legislation but cautions against neglecting the significance of these laws in determining overall population health. The Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Labour Standards Act and the Trade Union Act are intended to foster healthy, safe and well regulated work environments for all working people, whether...... Read More
Oct
23

2012
Regina, October 23, 2012: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and All Nations Healing Hospital have achieved a tentative two-year collective agreement in less than one day of bargaining. Negotiations began in Fort Qu’Appelle on Monday October 22, 2012 at 10am with the parties reaching a tentative agreement by 7pm that same day. “We are very pleased with how quickly we reached this tentative agreement,” says SUN President, Rosalee Longmoore. “This is another excellent example of how...... Read More
Sep
28

2012
Regina, September 28, 2012: Members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) working in Extendicare facilities across the province have voted 97.67% in favour of ratifying a two-year Collective Agreement with Extendicare Canada Inc. This comes after a tentative agreement was reached earlier this month after less than two days of bargaining. “This is collective bargaining at work and demonstrates how unions and employers can negotiate in the spirit of collaboration,” says SUN First...... Read More
Sep
12

2012
Regina, September 12, 2012: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and Extendicare Canada Inc. achieved a tentative two-year collective agreement today after less than two days of bargaining. “We are extremely pleased to have concluded bargaining so quickly and credit this to the collaborative spirit in which it was conducted,” says SUN First Vice-President, Tracy Zambory. “This is an excellent example of how collective bargaining can work.” Negotiations began in Regina on Tuesday...... Read More
Jul
31

2012
(Regina) July 31, 2012: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) submitted its official response to the province’s labour consultation today in Regina. The omnibus review of 15 separate pieces of legislation governing labour laws in the province was announced by the Government of Saskatchewan in May of this year with a July 31, 2012 deadline set for all stakeholder and public input. “A review of the legislation is not what is of concern to SUN - we support and encourage a process that is...... Read More
Jul
29

2012
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan residents are not only marking Canada Day on July 1, they are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the first public health care program in North America. “It’s an important achievement, particularly since Medicare did not have an easy birth and continues to face challenges as it ages,” says Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, which has helped to organize events to mark the anniversary. Although the 1960 Saskatchewan election gave the Tommy Douglas...... Read More

 

 

2012

November 6 SUN ratifies new agreement with All Nations Healing Hospital

October 25 SUN sees opportunity for collaboration on Employment Act (Throne Speech)

October 23 Tentative agreement reached in a matter of hours

September 28 Collective bargaining at work - registered nurses ratify new agreement

September 12 Less than two days of bargaining results in tentative agreement

July 31 SUN responds to Saskatchewan labour law consultation; SUN's detailed repsonse

July 25  Nurses call on Prime Minister Harper to meet the Premiers; Governments must pull together for public health care

July 9  SUN makes donation in recognition of our troops 

June 29  Saskatchewan celebrates Medicare’s 50th birthday

June 14  SUN signs Saskatchewan Health and Safety Leadership Charter

June 13  Successful Partnership with Nurses RenewedTripartite Agreement Fact Sheet

May 29  SUN ratifies new Collective Agreement

April 26  SUN/SAHO Tentative Agreement and Renewed Partnership (Joint Release)

March 29  CFNU's First Impression of Federal Budget

March 20  Saskatchewan Healthcare Unions Propose Consultation Framework for Essential Services Legislation Development

March 21  Patients and their families are top priority for SUN (Provincial Budget reaction)

February 6  SUN Pleased With Decision

January 30  Registered Nurses Make The Difference