Young Workers

Mission:

The mission of the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee is to engage and unite young union members to become more active and knowledgeable in the labour movement.

Our goal is to mobilize young workers across Saskatchewan to become leaders and activists for social change within their unions and communities at large.

Through support, unity and encouragement, we help develop skills for young worker leadership today.

Community Involvement:

Involvement from the Young Workers’ Committee in the community is a priority because it is an opportunity to meet the people we live with and work for. Unions have a strong relationship to their communities, and it is important to have Young Workers present. Our committee will strive to ensure a presence at both urban and rural solidarity events, such as: Labour Day events, Sidewalk Day festivals, and Homecomings.

We also get to show them that union members contribute to vibrant communities.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Young Workers’ Committee Brochure

Committee C0-Chairs:
Bryce Kovatch, Moose Jaw Extendicare – 306.533-3645
Janell Kachuik, St. Joseph/Foyer – 306.640.9994

Committee Members:
Hailey Johnson
Davie Lowtan
Arianna Boehm
Brittney Servetnyk
Kayla Howat
Kristen Chilson

Leadership Report Cards: Young Workers Meet With SK Leader Hopefuls

By clicking on the pictures below, you can access that candidate’s report card. The YWC hopes these reports will help SEIU-West members in determining who they think is the best fit to lead our province.

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!

Unpaid Leave Is Not Enough – Sign the Petition to Ensure Paid Leave for Survivors of Domestic Violence!

On December 6 2017, the Day of Action and Remembrance of Violence Against Women, the Saskatchewan government passed legislation that would allow workers to access 10 unpaid days of work as a result of domestic violence. SEIU-West has mixed feelings about this step. While it is a step in the right direction and we are certainly proud of the efforts of our Young Workers Committee, PATHS and the SFL, it does not come close to what is required to support survivors of domestic violence.

Ticket Giveaway to Dorie’s House Fundraiser!

The SEIU-West Young Workers are giving away tickets to the “Concert in the Sky Fundraiser” to support Dorie’s House, a non-profit emergency shelter for youth. Enter to win!

Labour Day: SEIU-West Young Workers Feature

Check out the Labour Day report on SEIU-West young workers!

SEIU-West Young Workers Conference 2017 & Rally to Repeal the Budget!

Check out the pictures from the 2017 Young Workers Conference and Rally to Repeal the Budget!

PATHS: Donations Welcome!

Due to our close relationship with PATHS and their incredible efforts to make our communities safer, we encourage SEIU-West members to make a donation in order to support those who suffer from domestic violence. Click here for their 2017 Wish List – we hope you can bring a requested item (or two!) to any SEIU-West office – we will be collecting donations until September 5, 2017

Join the Rally to Repeal the Budget!

The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee invites you to attend the Rally to Repeal the Budget! Together, we deplore the decision-making of the Saskatchewan Government to cut valuable services for the sake of their corporate friends and at the expense of our communities. The Saskatchewan Government must be held to account for their brutal 2017/18 Budget.

Submission: Consultation on Interpersonal Violence and Employment Leaves

SEIU-West was invited by the Minister of Labour Relations & Workplace Safety to participate in the consultation process on interpersonal violence and the impact in the workplace. SEIU-West’s Young Worker Committee (YWC) has worked tirelessly with other allies in the community, including the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) and Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) to raise public awareness about domestic violence. Together, we see the need for improved workplace safety and secure funding for those agencies who provide necessary community supports for the victims of domestic violence.

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.

Bill 604

The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) has worked hard with community and labour groups to lobby the provincial government to ensure job security for victims of domestic violence. Legislation that supports victims of domestic violence has already been supported by governments in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

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.

PATHS: Intimate Partner Violence & the Workplace

In 2016 and early 2017, PATHS conducted survey and focus group research asking Saskatchewan workers and employers about their experiences of IPV in workplaces. 437 participants completed the survey and 27 individuals participated in interviews and focus groups.

May Day and Mental Health Week: Working Together To Demand Better!

May Day is an international celebration of workers and their achievements for a more just society. Initiated in the 19th century when the working class struggled to achieve the eight-hour work day, the struggles of the working class continue to this day. In recognition of May Day 2017, SEIU-West would like to highlight the connection between May Day and Mental Health Week, which takes place May 1-7.

Letters with the Government – Job Security for Victims of Domestic Violence

The SEIU-West Young Worker Committee (YWC) has been working hard to ensure job security for victims of domestic violence. After launching their online (and paper) petition, the SEIU-West YWC met with NDP representatives and allies such as PATHS, the CLC and the SFL, who worked together to introduce Private Member Bills addressing this issue. We have also been in conversation with the Minister of Labour, Don Morgan and the Minister of Justice, Gordan Wyant – see below for our letter exchanges. And don’t forget to sign the petition!

Register Today! 2017 SEIU-West Young Workers Conference

The 4th Annual SEIU-West Young Workers Conference will be held on August 14-15, 2017 – these dates are chosen due to their proximity to International Youth Day on August 12! The registration deadline is June 30 so be sure to spread the news as soon as possible!

Job Security for Victims of Domestic Violence

That’s why your YWC wants Saskatchewan to follow in the steps of Manitoba and Ontario. Manitoba has already passed legislation to ensure job security, and Ontario is close behind. Our petition calls for all Saskatchewan employers to ensure that victims of domestic violence can access five to ten days of paid work leave and unpaid leave if required.

Labour and legislators fight domestic violence’s impact at work

Earlier this month, Saskatchewan became the latest province to introduce legislation to guarantee paid and unpaid leave to employees who experience domestic violence. Bill 603, an Act to Provide Critical Supports for Victims of Domestic Violence, was introduced by Nicole Sarauer, the NDP MLA for Regina Douglas Park, on March 17. If passed, the bill would allow employees to take 10 days leave, in a row or intermittently, and a continuous leave of 17 weeks in a year to get medical or counselling help for domestic violence, seek legal help or move. Up to five days of that may be paid.

Letter from CLC President in Support of Bill 603

I am writing with respect to Bill 603—An Act to Provide Critical Supports for Victims of Domestic Violence. On December 6, 2016, the Canadian Labour Congress and Saskatchewan Federation of Labour wrote a letter urging you to take action to address the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. This bill provides an excellent opportunity to act on our request, and to make a tangible difference in the lives of those who experience domestic violence.