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Nominations Open: Workers of Colour Ad-Hoc Committee of the SFL

A group of delegates at the 2016 convention requested the SFL look at setting up a Workers of Colour committee.

The SFL Executive Council, at its December meeting, moved to establish an ad hoc Workers of Colour committee.

Executive Council member Shobna Radons will sit as committee chair.

We would very much like to have the committee in place prior to our upcoming All Committees Meeting (March 1st) so that these committee members can attend this important planning session.

To that end, we are now calling upon affiliates to forward their nominees for this committee. Currently, the only funded position is that of the Chair. Affiliates will be responsible for funding their representative’s participation on this committee.

SEIU-West members who are interested in being a part of this committee are asked to complete the nomination form and submit it to the Saskatoon office by February 3, 2017 to the attention of Barbara Cape.

  • In person or mail: #200 – 747 46th Street W., Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A1
  • Fax: 306-652-1392 or toll free fax: 1-877-221-2212
  • Email: barb.cape@seiuwest.ca

 

 

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President’s Message: WE WON!!!!

Today the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) struck down the Saskatchewan government’s essential services legislation and ruled in favour of the case put forward by the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), SEIU-West and other intervenors.

This is a great victory for SEIU members; together, many of us struggled under this regressive legislation during our 2008 round of provincial health provider bargaining.  Since this time, we have worked very hard to change the bargaining environment.court

This decision enshrines the right to strike as a Charter protected right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  This is in addition to the protection of the right to organize and the right to bargain collectively.

Today’s decision from the SCC recognizes the relevance of labour relations history in Saskatchewan, and across Canada; it also acknowledges the impact of international law that protects the right to strike globally; and it ensures the democratic rights of working men and women are protected.

The SCC has said that the right to strike can be restricted – but only if there are mechanisms in place that provide alternate and fair resolution strategies to ensure  a continued balance of power between workers and employers.

From the perspective of SEIU-West, this decision reinforces that the Saskatchewan’s government essential services legislation was ideologically based, not based on good public policy.  Flowing out of this legislation, there was no extended improvement to match the directed essential services staffing levels in our workplaces.  We saw clearly that this legislation was simply put in place to neuter unionized workers in their right to collectively bargain.

The SCC recognized that the employer/employee relationship is deeply imbalanced and that the possibility of a strike enables workers to negotiate with their employers on a more level playing field. Individual employees alone typically lack the power to bargain and achieve gains with a powerful employer. But we have seen how, together, working people can improve their lives and our ability to work together for change is protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

There is much work to do in our review and consideration of the long-term impact of this legal decision.  This decision means that we will now renew our offer to sit down with the Government of Saskatchewan, and consult on what good public policy looks like in managing the issues around labour.  This illustrates that SEIU-West members will not take a back seat when their collective agreement rights or their constitutional rights are taken away.

This victory belongs to our members and to all working people; it will set a historical precedent for the broader community of labour, for many years to come. As a leader within SEIU-West, I am proud to share this well deserved and long awaited news with you today.

Related links:

MEDIA RELEASE: A Victory for Working Families

SFL Media Release: Supreme Court Sides with Working Families, Restores Balance to Labour Relations

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2015 SFL Spring School

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Spring School being held in Humboldt, Saskatchewan from April 26 to May 1, 2015.  The Education Committee will be sponsoring up to six (6) delegates and the Aboriginal Committee 20150127-Spring-School-Memowill be sponsoring one (1) additional delegate to attend.

SEIU-West will cover registration costs, lost wages, travel costs and meal expenses for those who are selected to attend.

Anyone interested in attending this school is asked to:

In order to allow the committees to complete the registration and selection process, both forms must be completed and received in the SEIU-West Saskatoon office on or before March 20, 2015.

Forward your completed forms to:

Judy Denniss, Chair, SEIU-West Education Committee

Sabrina Fullawka, Chair, SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee

#200 – 747 – 46th Street W.
Saskatoon, SK
S7L 6A1

Fax:  306-652-1392

Delegates attending the school will be asked to submit a brief report to the SEIU-West Executive Board through the Education/Aboriginal Committee Chairs following the completion of the event.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this regard.

Related documents:

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EXTENDED: Application Deadline – SFL Summer Camp

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Prairie School for Union Women 2014

The SEIU-West Aboriginal Committee and Education Committee are pleased to announce that they will both be sponsoring delegates to attend the Annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Prairie School for Union Women which will be held in Waskesiu from June 8 – 12, 2014.

SEIU-West will cover registration costs, lost wages and all expenses for the individuals who are selected to attend.

The Aboriginal Committee will be sponsoring one delegate (self-declaration of Aboriginal descent will be considered) and the Education Committee will be sponsoring four delegates.

Anyone interested in attending this school is asked to:

To allow us to complete the registration and selection process, please submit both forms before Thursday April 10, 2014 to the attention of:

Sabrina Fullawka, Chair – Aboriginal Committee

AND

Judy Denniss, Chair – Education Committee

#200 – 747 46th Street W, Saskatoon, SK   S7L 6A1
Fax: 306-652-1392

Delegates who attend the school are asked to submit a brief report to the SEIU-West Executive Board and the Committees following the completion of the event.

The SFL also has a scholarship for those who want to attend but are unable to go through their Union.

Related documents:

Memo: Prairie School for Union Women

Expression of interest

PSUW brochure

SFL Scholarship

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

 

 

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Attention SEIU-West Members: SFL Spring School

The SEIU-West Education Committee is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring six (6) delegates to the Annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Spring School which will be held in Humboldt from March 30 to April 4, 2014.

SEIU-west will cover registration costs, lost wages and all expenses for those who are selected to attend.

Anyone interested in attending this school is asked to:

To allow us to complete the registration and selection process, please submit both forms before Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to:

Judy Denniss, Chair – Education Committee
#200 – 747 46th Street W, Saskatoon, SK   S7L 6A1
Fax: 306-652-1392

Delegates attending the school are asked to submit a brief report to the SEIU-West Executive Board and the Education Committee following the completion of the event.

Related documents:

Memo to Unit Chairs Re: SFL Spring School – January 23, 2014

2014 SFL Spring School Brochure and Registration Form

SEIU-West Expression of Interest form

 

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4th Innovative Conference on Shift Work

The SEIU-West Executive Board has resolved to send up to five delegates to the “Shifting Perspectives” Conference on Shift Work, which is scheduled for March 21-22, 2013 in Regina.

If you are interested, please complete the attached Expression of Interest Form, and forward to Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West by the deadline date of February 15th, 2013.

For more information on this conference, please visit the SFL website link: http://www.sfl.sk.ca/events/conferences

For a printable version of information regarding this conference:

SFL Shiftwork Conference 2013

 

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2013 SFL Training Opportunities for SEIU-West Members

It’s that time of year again!

The SFL is holding their annual training sessions and the SEIU-West Education Committee is sponsoring several scholarship opportunities for SEIU-West members who are interested in attending these two schools.

The 2013 SFL Spring School is being held in Humboldt, Saskatchewan from April 14 – April 19, 2013.

Click on the following link to download the brochure:

SFL Spring School Brochure – 2013

 

The SFL Prairie School for Union Women 2013 being held at Waskesiu Lake June 9-13, 2013.

Click on the following link to download the brochure: 

Prairie School for Union Women – 2013

 

Anyone interested in attending either of these schools is asked to:

Then send your completed forms  by March 4, 2013 to:

Judy Denniss, Chair, SEIU-West Education Committee

Mail: #202 – 747 46th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A1

Fax: (306) 652-1392

Please note: that delegates attending schools will be asked to submit a brief report to the SEIU-West Executive Board and the Education Committee following the completion of the event.

Please submit your application and forms for your interests by March 4th, 2013 to allow us to complete the registration and selection process.

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SFL Convention 2012

As we come marching, marching… the people hear us singing “Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses”

The 57th Annual Convention of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, CLC will be held in Regina at the Queensbury Convention Centre Evraz Place from October 31, 2012 to November 3, 2012.

SEIU-West members who are interested in attending:

Please fill out Expression of Interest Form – Conferences and Events and return it to the Saskatoon office by fax: 306.652.1392 by September 15, 2012.

For more information about the convention visit: http://www.sfl.sk.ca/events/convention

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Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity Workshop

The SEIU-West Executive Board has approved up to 5 members to attend the workshop “Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity.” Details for this workshop are in a printable PDF verion below. If you are interested, please fill out the enclosed Expression of Interest form and return to Barbara Cape, your local President, before the end of the workday on October 19th, 2012. All approved attendees will be covered under the local expense policy. Thank you for your interest in this workshop and future events.

Protecting Rights – Building Solidarity Workshop & Expression of Interest Form

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