The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) have reached a tentative collective agreement following two years of negotiations.
Details of the new contract, which has yet to be ratified by both organizations, cannot be released yet.
“I am certain registered nurses will welcome this good news – especially during these unprecedented times,” said SUN President Tracy Zambory, in a press release. “This tentative agreement will no doubt be a huge weight off the shoulders of registered nurses, providing them with much-needed stability and security in the face of a global pandemic.”
Sun represents more than 10,000 registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered psychiatric nurses in the province.
The last contract between SUN and the health authority expired in March of 2018.
“I am genuinely pleased to see a successful negotiated settlement with our largest health union providing further stability as our health system faces this pandemic,” said Health Minister Paul Merriman. “Thank you to both SUN and SAHO Inc. for their collaborative efforts and dedication to achieving this tentative agreement.”
The announcement follows closely after SEIU-West announced it had also reached a tentative agreement with the SAHO on Nov. 20.