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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Act to Provide Critical Support for Victims of Domestic Violence! Send a letter today!
Your SEIU-West Young Worker Committee is celebrating a successful lobby effort that began on August 12, 2016. A Private Members Bill was introduced in the provincial legislature on March 15 – this Bill is intended to protect workers who have …
Members of SEIU-West are proud to stand in support of a new Bill that will help workers who are experiencing domestic violence. “Financial stability and job security are vital rebuilding blocks for victims of domestic violence as they may need time away from their job to seek safety away from abusers and escape the relationships,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West.
The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) is pleased to announce that they will sponsor two SEIU-West members who are under 35 years of age to attend the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Conference and Youth Action Summit!
October our SEIU-West Young Worker Committee had the immense privilege of being a part of the first Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Young Worker Summit. This three day event held in Ottawa invited all young workers (unionized and non-unionized) from across Canada to learn, connect, and grow together
SEIU-West supports the Manitoba legislation – we need to move beyond the idea that domestic violence is “nobody’s business” – it is a critical issue that must be addressed publicly. Support legislation to protect victims experiencing domestic abuse. Sign the online petition today and download the paper petition here to start collecting signatures.
On International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, the SEIU-West Young Workers Committee (YWC) launched its #YWFightStigma Campaign. This campaign has a four goals: To spread awareness; To fight mental health stigma; To demand that our governments and employers provide effective …
To support the SFL and its convention, the SEIU-West Executive Board has agreed to sponsor up to 30 members to attend the convention as delegates. Four of these spaces are being reserved for Young Workers – if you an SEIU-West member who will be 29 or younger on opening day of Convention (October 26) you can apply for one of the four designated spots.
SEIU-West is a contributor to the 2016 Maclean’s special insert on Labour Day! SEIU-West member, Terrilyn St. Amour, a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) at Quill Plains Centennial Lodge – a long-term care facility in Watson, Saskatchewan – shared her thoughts on what people might not know about unions. At the same time, SEIU-West President, Barbara Cape, writes about defending workers’ rights in 2016 and reminds us of the empowering roots of the labour movement.
The SEIU-West Young Workers Committee held their 3rd Annual Young Workers Conference on August 11-12, 2016. Check out the pictures from the incredible 2 days!
Members of SEIU-West’s Young Workers Committee held a rally in Saskatoon Friday to raise awareness of mental health issues among youth.
Check out the photos from the Young Workers Committee (YWC) Rally for Mental Health on August 12, 2016!
For Immediate Release – August 11, 2016 Saskatoon – Members and leaders of the Service Employees International Union West (SEIU-West) and its Young Workers Committee (YWC) are holding a rally for mental health support on International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, …
For Immediate Release – August 11, 2016 Saskatoon – On International Youth Day, August 12, 2016, the Young Worker Committee (YWC) of SEIU-West along with community leaders are holding a rally and banner drop for mental health support starting at 9:00 …