SEIU-West and the Young Workers Committee has been working diligently to ensure those experiencing domestic violence do not face barriers to job security and their right to a safe working environment.

Bill 604, a private members bill, was introduced earlier this year which guarantees paid and unpaid work leave for all workers experiencing domestic violence in Saskatchewan. The Young Worker Committee launched their online and paper petition to ensure this legislation is passed and has partnered with the SFL (Saskatchewan Federation of Labour) and PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan) to ensure awareness and support for this vital issue. PATHS is the member association for twenty-one member agencies that provide intimate partner violence services across Saskatchewan.

Due to our growing relationship with PATHS and in recognition of the important work they do, SEIU-West launched a collection drive for a local Saskatoon member agency, Saskatoon Interval House. This organization is a temporary shelter for women and their children experiencing domestic violence who require safe accommodation. They also offer supportive counselling.

After two weeks of the collection drive, Vice-President Neil Colmin donated several large boxes full of requested items. The staff at the Interval House very much welcomed these required items, so we’d like to thank all those who gave generously to this important cause!

And if you haven’t yet, please sign the petition to pass Bill 604 and share with your networks!

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