The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) has a strong and proud history advocating for high quality, safe patient care, the registered nursing profession, and the communities in which our members serve.
Who We Are
The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) is a trade union established in 1974 under the Saskatchewan Trade Union Act. SUN represents over 10,000 Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner)s (RN(NP)s), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) and graduates employed in rural and urban:
- acute care hospitals;
- long-term care facilities;
- home care services;
- integrated facilities;
- public and mental health services;
- schools; and
- Canadian Blood Services offices.
SUN members work in a single discipline – registered nursing. They work in both preventative and treatment settings; they work alone and in teams. In all settings, SUN members must practice in accordance with standards set by the professional associations: the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS).
It is our goal to achieve safe and healthy practice environments for all SUN members. Under the Saskatchewan Employment Act, SUN is obligated to:
- bargain terms and conditions of employment for our members, and once in place, assist nurses in enforcing those conditions; and
- fairly represent every member in a grievance or rights arbitration in a manner that is not arbitrary, discriminatory or in bad faith.
SUN is affiliated with, and a proud member of, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL).
Mission, Vision & Values
SUN exists to enhance the social, economic and general well being of our members, and to protect high quality, publicly funded and delivered health services.
Healthy Members, Healthy Union, Healthy Communities
Effective Advocacy – SUN believes our success is dependent upon our ability to be effective advocates for the rights and needs of our members and our patients.
Quality Health Care – SUN believes we have a vitally important stewardship role in protecting and enhancing high quality, accessible, comprehensive and publicly funded and delivered health care services.
Honesty and Integrity – SUN believes we must always uphold the integrity of nursing, and be honest and forthright in our interactions.
Respect and Understanding – SUN believes we must continually demonstrate respect and understanding in all of our interactions.
Accountability – SUN believes the Board must be accountable to members for its actions and results.
Inclusiveness and Diversity – SUN values inclusiveness, embraces diversity and strives to protect the rights of all.
Solidarity – SUN believes nurses benefit from solidarity which is enabled by strong trade union principles and by uniting our collective power.
Empowerment – SUN believes its members and staff must be supportive in their efforts to optimally achieve our mutual goals and objectives.