On August 12, 2019 the local received a phone call from a reporter asking for an opinion on a Request for Proposal (RFP) that had been issued by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).
The SHA was seeking a proposal from vendors to provide a ‘hotline’ service that could be used for anonymously reporting to the organization when employees and others are suspected of violating SHA policies, codes of conduct, or legal requirements. The SHA had not communicated anything to the local about the RFP for the Whistleblower Hotline Service.
On August 13, 2019, the CUPE Local 5430 Executive spoke to the employer during a labour/management meeting regarding the Whistleblower Hotline Service. We delivered a strong message regarding our concerns with this service, including getting rid of the whole idea of the Whistleblower Hotline Service.
CUPE Local 5430 issued a media release yesterday regarding the Whistleblower Hotline Service. Late yesterday evening the local received an email from the SHA stating that the RFP to provide a Whistleblower Hotline Service had been withdrawn.
Sandra Seitz - President, CUPE Local 5430