05/28/2015 10:54 EDT | Updated 05/28/2016 05:59 EDT

Specialized health-care workers in Saskatchewan reject contract offer

REGINA - Specialized health care professionals in Saskatchewan have rejected the latest contract offer from their employers.

The union representing the workers, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, said 80 per cent of those voting rejected a “final offer” from the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations.

Union president Karen Wasylenko says the members have spoken loud and clear about rejecting what they consider an "unfair, disrespectful contract offer."

She says the biggest problem was the offer did not provide full retroactivity on proposed wage adjustments.

Wasylenko also says the rejected offer would have capped licensing fees paid by employers.

SAHO applied to the labour relations board in April to conduct a vote on the final offer.

The rejected offer would have given the specialized health care workers a 6.5 per cent wage increase over four years along with enhanced premiums.

Retroactivity would have been capped at 20 months. HSAS employees have been without a contract for 25 months.

“SAHO seems determined to try to provoke Health Sciences into taking job action, rather than bargain in good faith,” said Wasylenko.

SAHO has not responded to the contract rejection.

(Global Regina)