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.
The privatization of our province’s public liquor stores has begun. Earlier this year, the Sask. Party government announced that four new private liquor stores would be licensed – two in Saskatoon and two in Regina.
This reckless privatization will hurt Saskatchewan families and communities. Profits from liquor sales help fund schools, hospitals, roads, long-term care homes, parks, and much more. Now profits will be siphoned off to private owners and corporate interests.
We need to take action to stop the privatization of liquor sales.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour released the following update on its joint appeal with several other unions, including SGEU, to Bills 5, the Public Services Essential Services Act (PSESA), as well as Bill 6, which proposes ammendments to the Trade Union Act.
SUPREME COURT OF CANADA AGREES TO HEAR CHARTER CHALLENGE OF BILLS 5 & 6
SGEU would like to congratulate those who successfully completed the four-day Unionism on Turtle Island leadership development training workshop. The course is designed to educate members on promoting equity, both in the union and workforce, with a specific focus on Aboriginal history and rights.
SGEU is proud to support Saskatchewan families participating in the Saskatchewan Riding Clubs Association (SRCA) provincial finals taking place in Moose Jaw from September 27-29 at the Golden Mile Arena.
The SRCA provides opportunities for people of all ages to compete in a variety of horseback riding events, including a particular focus on the youth and entry level riders, which has attributed to their success over the years.
Large areas of northern Saskatchewan are currently without wildfire detection services, placing families and communities at risk as the fire hazard grows, according to SGEU.
Fire towers are being dismantled as government moves to an automated video surveillance system, but video cameras have not yet been installed to replace human observers, leaving areas without adequate detection services.