News Bulletins

November 03, 2014
At an international conference on New Forms of Privatization held in Ottawa recently, Sobeys Inc., along with the Saskatchewan Party government, was awarded the 2013 Privatization Scam of the Year Award
October 30, 2014

This project picks up in 1982, where Doug Taylor's SGEU history book For Dignity, Equality, and Justice left off. It chronicles over 30 eventful years in the union's history, telling SGEU's story up to and beyond its 100th birthday.

October 21, 2014

Health Care Providers work daily behind the scenes to care for you and your family in your communities. They are a very important part of the health care team. Health Care Providers ensure high quality care for residents and patients.

October 20, 2014

SGEU members who heard the stories of thousands of rural residents across the province say they feel a renewed and passionate commitment to stopping and reversing the effects of current provincial policies.

A cross-country bus tour that began as a mission to educate Canadians about the effects of income inequality and unfair taxation in a grassroots effort evolved into a transformational mission calling for an immediate and broad-sweeping response to perils facing rural Saskatchewan, says one of the Saskatchewan reps who joined the national tour as it powered across the province.
The National Union of Public and General Employees’ (NUPGE) Fairness Express bus endeavour completed its nationwide tour de force on October 10th after some 40,000 kilometres of trekking from the shores of the Atlantic to the shores of the Pacific and hundreds of communities in between including a 6,000-kilometre stretch across Saskatchewan.

October 08, 2014

New report says the province’s jails are the most strained in the country

The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union says a new report detailing the province’s strain in its prison systems validates the union’s longstanding concerns over the safety and wellbeing of its corrections workers on the job every day.

The report says Saskatchewan’s is one of the most highly-strained provincial prison systems in the country, housing over twice as many inmates as facilities were designed for, despite repeated government insistence to the contrary.

October 01, 2014

The days of militant fist-raising give way to high-level communication skills on both sides, say graduates of a first-of-its-kind labour-management program

Saskatoon. The popularity of the first labour-management program in Western Canada and the only of its kind in Canada reflects a major shift happening in the world of successful relationships between employers and workers, say program planners.

The Labour-Management Relations Certificate program offered through the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business was designed to help management and labour representatives manoeuvre powerfully and positively through the often-strained and rapidly shifting landscape of employer-employee relations.

September 30, 2014

From its beginnings in Atlantic Canada, through to Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, the big green Fairness Express bus traveled more than 22,000 kms before reaching Saskatchewan. The Canada-wide tour, sponsored by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), was launched in September of last year as a means of connecting with people across the country, where they live and work, to find out how they are coping with the economy of the post-2008 recession.

September 19, 2014

SGEU has long believed premium healthcare is one of Saskatchewan’s founding values and all our province’s healthcare workers must be supported for their work in a collaborative measure on the frontlines day in and day out.

We feel the recent divisiveness between the integral services of both RNs and LPNs is both profoundly unfortunate, and altogether unnecessary.

September 16, 2014

Saskatchewan’s provincial and municipal governments are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships, or P3s, to build and maintain important infrastructure. The argument goes that efficiency can be increased, and costs reduced, by having private businesses take on the public sector’s work. But in two recent examples, turning important tasks over to the private sector instead resulted in lost time, wasted money, and a lack of accountability for mistakes.

September 14, 2014

The Fairness Express bus will be touring Saskatchewan starting on September 15 until October 11. When the Fairness Express pulls into Humboldt, Saskatchewan it will have traveled 22, 621 kms across Canada. From its beginnings in Atlantic Canada, through to Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, the big green bus has reached out to Canadians in hundreds of communities along the way.

August 28, 2014

Saskatchewan’s local and provincial economies got a substantial boost last year, thanks to the higher wages earned by unionized workers, a recent study has found.

In its Union Advantage 2014 report, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) surveyed union membership and wages in provinces and cities across Canada. It found that union members earned substantially more than their non-union counterparts nationwide, with Saskatchewan showing particular progress in raising wages for women and young workers.

Those higher union wages translated into millions of extra dollars being spent in members’ communities, benefitting local businesses and creating local jobs, the CLC reports.

April 11, 2014

Progressive Labour Lawyer, Rick Engel, has represented SGEU since 1987, on a variety of legal matters, ranging from employee grievances to the Long-Term Disability Plan, and most recently, in challenging the changes to provincial labour laws.

April 11, 2014

Hundreds of SGEU members and supporters took to the streets today to voice their opposition to the sell-off of Saskatchewan public services.

Government has recently announced its intention to privatize food services in corrections and young offender facilities, and to close four rural public liquor stores in order to hand over that business to private franchises.

April 11, 2014

Barb Byers, former SGEU president and current Executive VP of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), kicked off the second day of convention with an inspiring presentation on the Together Fairness Works campaign - a massive member engagement initiative that encourages union members to have conversations with others about the importance of advocating for workplace rights such as, vacation time, fair wages, equal pay, decent pensions, safe workplaces, parental leave.

"The labour movement isn't just about decent jobs, it's about a better life for everyone," said Byers.

April 10, 2014

This afternoon, delegates at SGEU's 2014 convention supported the executive's recommendation to decrease member dues.

"Dues are used to support collective bargaining and other costs associated with representing our members," said SGEU President Bob Bymoen.

SGEU reviews its union dues and finances annually at Convention. The resolution was to reduce dues from 1.9% to 1.75%. Audited financial statements will be made available after convention.

April 09, 2014

SGEU is excited to bring a social media contest to our annual convention taking place in Saskatoon April 10-12!

Share a picture of yourself or other delegates and guests at convention and you could win a prize. Tag your tweets with #SGEUConv2014 along with Saskatoon’s hashtag #yxe. Tweet comments and photos to @SGEU or post to SGEU’s Facebook page to enter.

Here are some other relevant twitter hashtags to include in your posts:

April 09, 2014

In order to fight the attacks from government, we need to keep our union strong and engage as many members as possible.  That’s why SGEU is being pro-active - reaching out to grassroots members.

We are inviting convention delegates and guests to be interviewed on camera about some key union issues. You don’t have to be an expert.  We want to capture the thoughts of everyday union members and workers.  We want to use these interviews to create short video clips that can be posted on our website to help inform and activate others.

April 09, 2014

Wendy Simonson, the current Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) VP and member of the Health Sector provided first-time and youth delegates with a brief overview on governance procedures prior to the opening of convention, alongside Education Officer Kelly Hardy, coordinator of Leadership Development and other educational initiatives at SGEU.

April 09, 2014

All delegates and guests will receive tickets to the evening Banquet taking place on Friday night where the 2014 SGEU Life Members will be honoured, followed by entertainment from Hendon, Saskatchewan performer, James Williams One Man Band.

If you're not attending the evening, please turn in your tickets to the SGEU Convention office on site. Extra tickets will be made available for those wishing to bring a guest, while they last. Otherwise, tickets will be available for purchase at $20 a piece.

April 09, 2014

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.