During the past number of months you may have noticed our HSAS 'Understaffing' awareness commercial airing on television, at the theatre or on social media. This is a message from the members of HSAS to the public. The current understaffing in all of our HSAS disciplines is real, and the understaffing affects not only the patient or client we serve directly, but also impacts their family members and the communities in which they live. Read More
Your Communications Committee is happy to report that over 300,000 Saskatchewan people have seen this campaign. HSAS encourages you to print HSAS profession posters and add them to the HSAS union board in your workplace.
The following story describes how a special provision in the HSAS Collective Agreement can allow HSAS members to help another HSAS member who is in need. Letter of Understanding #14 (2.) Special Arrangements For Sharing of Leave is that provision.
My name is Sheldon Revoy and I am a physical therapist employed by RQHR. In April 2014 my 21 year old son was diagnosed with leukemia. He quickly went into remission after treatment began. Unfortunately he relapsed in October of the same year. I was working with Homecare in Regina at the time. He really struggled with his second admission to the Pasqua Hospital, and as a result I booked off work to be with him on a daily basis. At that time, I was not concerned about how I would manage it, but I knew I had to be with my son.
Unbeknownst to me, some of my colleagues organized a campaign to donate their allotted holiday time to me, so I continued to have an income while going through a very challenging time with my boy. The kindness of the HSAS members out of 4211 Albert Street and other facilities within the RQHR enabled me to spend my days with him, with far less worries regarding my financial situation. As a result of their kindness, I was able to put my concern where it belonged, with my son Erik. The generosity and support of my colleagues was a gift which I am so grateful for. I will never be able to personally return the generosity to each individual, but I am doing my best to pay that generosity and compassion forward. The kindness of all the people in that organization was overwhelming. People whom I barely knew were organizing fundraisers and sharing in our journey. I am eternally grateful and I can easily say I love them all. Erik was quite overwhelmed as well and was extremely grateful for the support and love which was shown to and for him.
Sadly my boy didn't make it through that experience. He died January 14, 2015. He is missed terribly by all who knew him. He would tell me that cancer improved his life. When I asked him how, his reply was simply, "he was able to appreciate life so much more as a result of his disease" He taught me a lot in his short life. I will always remember his strength and integrity throughout his illness. I cannot say I could have gone through what he did with that much dignity and faith.
But with the support of my colleagues, we were able to spend some amazing time together as father and son....I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the support we received.
Respectfully and humbly yours,
Sheldon and Erik Revoy and family <3
HSAS News Feed
The HSAS is pleased to announce the addition of the HSAS News Feed to the website. This will allow HSAS members and the public direct access to health care news stories that are trending across Saskatchewan and Canada. Click here to view the HSAS News Feed
Enterprise Resource Planning System or ERP
Q: What is it? What does it mean?
A: Not entirely sure. 3SHealth and the health regions are exploring options for updating the current payroll and staff scheduling systems. (Click here to read more) This is being referred to as ERP.
3SHealth has provided some information about this portion of ERP to the unions and has planned a pilot to trial a potential system with associated technology for 6 weeks in part of May/June of 2016. The pilot will run in a select number of workplaces in three health regions – Regina Qu’Appelle HR, Saskatoon HR and Prairie North HR and it is expected that members of HSAS who are employed in those select workplaces will be asked to participate in the pilot.
As more information is received, we will be sharing.
The passing of legislation presuming that post-traumatic stress disorder among Ontario’s first responders is work-related points to a growing recognition across Canada that occupational injuries are not just physical. From: OH&S Magazine - Online - Author: Carmelle Wolfson - April 19, 2016
Ontario passes legislation to give first responders WSIB coverage for PTSD
Under the old rules, first responders had to prove their PTSD was related to their job to be eligible for coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn beamed as legislation that assumes PTSD is work-related for first responders passed third and final reading by a vote of 96-to-0. From: The Canadian Press - Online - Author: Keith Leslie - April 12, 2016