A new offer has been submitted by SEIU West, SGEU and the CUPE Health Care Council pertaining to contract discussions with SAHO. Union officials state the all-inclusive offer of settlement provides rational solutions to SAHO's concerns while making certain impartial treatment for health care providers. Though, the details of the offer made to SAHO are not public. About 25,000 healthcare workers are affected by the contract negotiations regarding wages with SAHO, across the Province.
In the long drawn out health care contract dispute, it seems that there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. A new offer for settlement to the employer group has been presented by three unions representing 25,000 health care workers in the province.
The Head of SEIU-West opined that it’s enough to possibly strike a deal. He said, “Yes, there is not an overwhelming amount of money available, but yes there are equity issues that need to be dealt with and they are dealt with in a reasonable fashion”.
It was pointed by the unions that the cost of dealing with these equity issues is minimal and it fails to put them above the rates applied to other health care workers. The unions represent workers like special care aides, licensed practical nurses and medical technicians.