Political Action and Awareness Committee

Mission:

The Political Action and Awareness Committee educates and motivates our members to engage in political issues at all levels of government and lobbies for the rights of all workers.

Are you wondering why politics is important to your Union?

Whether it is a municipal, provincial or federal election or issue, the people we elect to lead our towns, cities, province or country can greatly affect our community and the lives of working people.

For instance, the federal government decides how much money in their budget will be allotted to each of the provinces for health care and education. The amount of federal funding received for public services affects our provincial budget.

Committee Co-Chairs:
Dennel Pickering, CCA, Saskatoon Home Care – 306-290-8119
Laurie Harder, ESW St. Paul’s Hospital – 306-229-6641

Communicator:
Janine Lazaro, CCA/DA – St. Paul’s Hospital – 306-612-3285

Committee Members:
Ondrea Sieben, CCA, Manitou Lodge – 306-320-7047
Shelley Quist, CLXT, Wynyard Hospital – 306-560-3016
Martin Been, ESW, St. Paul’s Hospital – 306-260-2951
Lee-Anne Newsham, Rec Coordinator, Gull Lake – 306-315-3158

Click on the link below for the committee terms of reference:
Terms of Reference – Political Action and Awareness Committee

Important links:
Find your Federal Riding: Elections Canada
Find your Provincial Constituency: Elections Saskatchewan

Campaign pages:
Laundry and Linen Privatization
Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA Campaign)

Vacancy – Apply Today: Political Action & Awareness Committee

Expressions of interest are currently being accepted for membership (2 positions) on the SEIU-West Political Action & Awareness committee for the remainder of a two year term (ending June 2019)…

Provincial Budget: Moe of the Same

On April 10, your Political Action and Awareness Committee, together with some newly active members and President Barb Cape, travelled to Regina, to hear the Sask Party Government’s Budget announcement. What we were hoping to hear was a commitment to invest in and strengthen public services in Education, Health Care, and Community Based Organizations. This is what we heard instead…

Opening our door to promote meaningful dialogue

SEIU-West has reached out to our new Premier and Leader of the Opposition in Saskatchewan. We anticipate positive responses to both requests to meet with our member-leaders in the coming weeks.

World Health Day: PAAC Contest!

World Health Day is celebrating its 70th anniversary on April 7, 2018. In recognition, the SEIU-West Political Action and Awareness Committee (PAAC) encourages members to get active on World Health Day and enter their Contest!

Kindersley By-Election – Candidates Respond To SEIU-West Questionnaire

The SEIU-West Political Action and Awareness Committee (PAAC) sent a series of questions to all candidates, as of February 6, for the upcoming by-elections taking place on March 1st in Swift Current and Kindersley. Members who live and work in these areas …

Swift Current By-Election – Candidates Respond To SEIU-West Questionnaire

The SEIU-West Political Action and Awareness Committee (PAAC) sent a series of questions to all candidates for the upcoming by-elections taking place on March 1st in Swift Current and Kindersley. Members who live and work in these areas are affected by the political decisions made by their elected representatives, so the PAAC ensured their questions would directly impact the wellbeing of the local communities. Below, you will find the Swift Current candidates’ responses to the questions, or a lack thereof!

Letter to the Minister of Health and Remote Health: Post Meeting

SEIU-West sent a letter to Ministers of Health, Jim Reiter and Minister of Rural and Remote Health, Greg Ottenbreit to follow up on our January 9th meeting with them. Its main purpose is to hold them to their commitment to walk a day (or portion thereof) in the shoes of one (or more) of you. Please see the letter here.

Letter To The Editor – Sick Time Usage Scrutinized

Like the incessant high-pitched buzz of a mosquito in the darkness of a summer’s night, try as you might, slapping yourself silly, the mosquito triumphs, until such time as you turn on the light in order to quash its very …

2017 Year in Review!

What’s one word to describe our SEIU-West experiences in 2017? Engaging. While our SEIU-West family faced many new challenges, we also had a lot of fun as more and more members became active in our union. As we approach a new year, let’s revisit some of the highlights and memorable events we shared together in 2017:

December 10 – Human Rights Day

SEIU-West is a member driven union which means our members decide what to do to create a more just workplace and society. Members use the resources of our union to assist in their endeavours and have enjoyed some great accomplishments!

Activist Training Camp: Register Now!

There are still a few more spots for the SEIU-West Activist Camp in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon! Register now!

Rally to reverse the cuts! Sign up today!

Join us in a rally at your legislature building!
To sign up, email actions@seiuwest.ca

Join an SEIU-West Committee: Deadline Fast Approaching!

SEIU-West Committees keep us at the forefront of the Labour movement in Canada, and provide an excellent opportunity for members to learn from each other. Committee members serve for two years, and we have now approached the end of a two-year term so we are requesting SEIU-West members and all current committee members to submit their Expressions of Interest should they wish to serve or remain on committees.

Join an SEIU-West Committee!

SEIU-West Committees keep us at the forefront of the Labour movement in Canada, and provide an excellent opportunity for members to learn from each other. Committee members serve for two years, and we have now approached the end of a two-year term so we are requesting SEIU-West members and all current committee members to submit their Expressions of Interest should they wish to serve or remain on committees.

All Out To Stop The Cuts!

The SEIU-West Political Action and Awareness Committee supports the Protest at the Premier’s Fundraiser on Thursday, April 27 from 5-7pm at Prairieland Park. We invite you to join this important action!

Opening of the The Meadows: Letter to Beth Vachon

We appreciate your warm welcom in providing our group with a tour of the new facility and we certainly share your sense of pride. In addition, we would liek to extend our warmest regards to teh staff who perform hands-on care and so much more…

SEIU-West response to our Federal Minister of Health letter re: Public Health Care

On October 21, SEIU-West received a response from our Federal Minister of Health regarding the expired Health Accord. Here is our response to the Honourable Jane Philpott:

Response to SEIU-West from Federal Health Minister re: Health Accord

On April 1, 2016, SEIU-West sent a letter to our new Federal Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, outlining our concern around the expiry of the Canada Health Accord. We have received a response:

Iron and Earth: Oil Sands Workers for Renewable Energy!

Saskatchewan and Alberta are the hot spots for solar energy, yet other provinces seem to be leading the way. Other provinces are generating more renewable energy and investing more into renewable energy research – we must take part in the transition to renewable energies.

Environment Week: Reports From The Peoples’ Climate Plan!

In celebration of Environment Week, SEIU-West is proud to share the reports from members of the PAAC – we also invite you to attend an Iron and Earth Presentation in Saskatoon shortly after Environment Week so you can learn more about green jobs!