03/01/2012 12:11 EST | Updated 04/30/2012 05:12 EDT

CUPE has busy year ahead in Saskatchewan with lots of contracts to be negotiated

SASKATOON - The national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Paul Moist, says it's going to be a busy bargaining year for their members.

Moist says health care is the biggest public policy issue in Saskatchewan.

He says recent surveys suggest that people in Saskatchewan want more public health care services, not private ones.

He also says the union's surveys show that the public value Crown corporations.

It's going to be a busy bargaining year for CUPE Saskatchewan, with almost the majority of collective agreements starting to open this year.

Moist says of 154 collective agreements, 108 are open.