PRINCE ALBERT, SK – Twenty-nine temporary full-time workers at North Sask Laundry (NSL) are losing their jobs on May 10 because hospital laundry currently done in the facility will be trucked to Calgary. The Saskatoon Health Region handed the work to K-Bro, a private for-profit company in Alberta, effective May 10.
“It just doesn’t make any sense to ship laundry seven hours each way, instead of one and a half hours,” says Anita Labossiere, president of CUPE 3736 and a laundry worker herself. “It’s hard on the environment, costly, and a loss to our community.”
Labossiere says that small businesses rely on keeping quality jobs here in Prince Albert. “Our members contribute both financially and by being involved in Prince Albert. A for-profit company from Alberta won’t have that connection.”
Saskatchewan’s health care services are being reviewed by 3SHealth with hospital laundry services the first service being examined. 3SHealth has stated they will consider all options, including a fully public option.
CUPE is a strong advocate for the public delivery of health services so they are provided on a not-for-profit basis, accessible to all and accountable.
“Not only is the public option viable and beneficial to communities,” said CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham. “The service is top quality, reliable and efficient.”
“Communities like Prince Albert and Yorkton are concerned about how potential closures of local laundry services will affect their communities,” said Graham.
For more information, please contact:
CUPE 3736 President
CUPE Saskatchewan President
Merv Simonot, CUPE National Representative: 220-9270