For Immediate Release – May 17, 2017
Saskatoon – SEIU-West members will be participating in local Day of Action events happening outside of schools and health care facilities across Saskatchewan to save local jobs and local economies on Wednesday, May 17.
“We want to be clear, many of our health care provider or education sector members do not enjoy take home pay equivalent to that enjoyed by a MLA,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “Nor did they enjoy significant wage increases during the economic boom in our province. That’s why government-imposed wage rollbacks in the public sector puts our communities at big economic risk.”
All communities stand to lose if the government goes ahead with this callous, unfair and regressive move. Communities are impacted deeply when residents have difficulty paying basic bills as there is no money left to spend at local businesses.
“That’s why it’s important for all of us in the community to stand up to our government and say enough is enough,” continued Cape. “These attacks on working people, their families and their communities need to stop.”
SEIU-West is urging the people of Saskatchewan to join Day of Action events occurring in their local communities. Another way to have your voice heard is to call, write and/or visit your local MLA on your own, as a family or as a group of concerned local citizens.
“We are asking people to not only advocate for good jobs in their communities but to insist that the corporate tax rebate that was announced in the budget be reversed,” added Cape. “We know that it is good for our communities is to have access to strong public services and decent jobs that pay a living wage. Now, more than ever, we should be investing in our local communities, services and our province.”
SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour – purple – and one union – SEIU-West. Purple works in our communities! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West.
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For more information, contact:
Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733
Related PDF Documents:
MEDIA ADVISORY: Day of Action! Save Local Jobs and Economies (includes list of locations)