We regret that the two former SGEU members elected for Life Membership at the opening day of convention this year are no longer with us. Anne Burkholder, of the Community Services Sector; and Tracey Kurtenbach, of the Education Sector, were wholehearted activists and leaders in the labour movement.
Anne worked at the Saskatoon Interval House as a counsellor for battered women and served on numerous committees within SGEU, including Vice President of the Community Services Sector, until her health would not support her activity.
The convention hall at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon was smudged by SGEU Public Service member, Robert Ballantyne last night in preparation for SGEU's 2014 Convention. The opening ceremony commenced this morning with a very special prayer from Elder Margaret Rockthunder of the Piapot Reserve. Opening greetings from Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) President Larry Hubich, Saskatoon Mayor, Don Atchison, and SGEU President Bob Bymoen, followed.
More than 200 delegates from across Saskatchewan will be heading to the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon from April 10-12 for the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees` Union`s (SGEU) 2014 annual convention.
Members will be voting on resolutions, electing new term representatives, and raising funds to support the worthy causes of their fellow brothers and sisters in different Locals.
Government’s decision to close four small town liquor stores is a blow to rural communities that rely on public services and public service jobs to meet local needs and keep local economies vibrant, according to SGEU.
Four full-time and eight part-time employees of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will be affected by store closures in Langenburg, Ituna, Ponteix, and Kerrobert.
SGEU’s Professional Services negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).
The union negotiating committee is making arrangements to take the tentative deal to its membership for ratification. “I will be sharing the details of the tentative agreement with SGEU members at the ratification meetings”, says Terri Hamill, chairperson of SGEU’s Professional Services SIAST negotiating committee.
Government should stop contracting out important public services, like engineering design work for the province’s highways, because of mounting evidence that privatization is a costly mistake, according to SGEU.
“We have been expressing concerns about privatization and contracting out in the Ministry of Highways for years,” says SGEU President Bob Bymoen. “Recent reports and assessments by industry representatives suggest that our concerns were not unfounded.”
The recent opening of a new private liquor store in Saskatoon signals the erosion of public liquor sales in Saskatchewan, and means less money for important public services like schools, hospitals and roads, according to SGEU.
Public liquor stores generated a net income of $232 million in 2012 – 2013. “That profit was returned to the people of Saskatchewan, and is used to build stronger communities and help keep families safe and healthy,” says SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
SGEU has been working hard since 2007 to protect your basic right to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions, and our efforts are starting to pay off, according to SGEU President Bob Bymoen.
“After years of campaigning, lobbying and legal action, we are starting to see a few positive developments in the struggle for fair labour laws,” he says.
The government is moving ahead on its proposal to privatize corrections and young offender food services despite concerns about escalating costs, safety risks and a loss of public accountability, according to SGEU.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued February 25, 2014 to companies interested in taking over the full management and operations of the food services in the adult corrections and young offender centres in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The closing date is April 8, 2014.
On Saturday February 15th, The Regina and District Labour Council (RDLC) held their Diversity Recognized Equity Conference at the SGEU Hall in Regina. The conference was well-attended by members of SGEU, UNIFOR and SEIU-West.
Guest speakers included Environmental Activist, Susan Deranger; First Nations Women Researcher, Wendy Whitebear; Community Activist, Reverend Flor Linantud and Disabilities Spokesperson, Mike Richter.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour issued the following statement and news release on February 6, 2014, after Premier Brad Wall appealed to the Federal Government to strip working people at CN of their constitutional rights.
An iconic figure in the labour movement and the man behind the banjo who brought us - "Solidarity Forever" - the song SGEU delegates sing to wrap-up every annual convention, passed away on January 27th at the age of 94.
His memory will be celebrated at this year's convention. View his obituary, below.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Brother Doug Taylor passed away Monday, January 13, 2014. Doug was a long-time SGEU activist and staff member. He was the unofficial SGEU historian. In the early 1980s, he wrote For Dignity, Equality and Justice: A History of SGEU. He worked in Social Services during the Devine era, and was active in SGEU as a member of the Provincial Executive.
The SGEU Education Department is geared up for an exciting 2014 Year!
Our department is making several changes that are designed to reach thousands of members. We are rebranding our Education website (classroom.sgeu.org) and course materials to model our online interactive new member orientation program. You will begin to see more and more of "Marty" and "Christine,” our new Education avatars, online as well as in our printed materials.