Saskatchewan’s 12,000 CUPE health care workers will be better informed as they gear up for negotiations in the coming year.
At a conference in Saskatoon last week, over 200 delegates from CUPE’s 22 restructured and amalgamated health care locals overwhelmingly approved a proposal to set up a Communicators program to provide information and receive feedback from members in each department and work area in every health care facility.
The program was very successful when it was launched several years ago among CUPE health care workers in Manitoba.
Volunteer communicators will keep in touch regularly with about 10 to 20 co-workers. They will hand out materials from the executive or bargaining committee and feed back any comments, suggestions or complaints members may have.
“Communicators are not required to solve problems or interpret the agreement; that’s the job of the steward, elected officers or staff representatives,” notes Health Care Council President Stephen Foley. “If the program is successful, we hope to go into the next round of bargaining in 1998 with a much better informed and united membership.”