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.
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