Saskatchewan Federation of Labour says no plans to end 'Stop the Cuts' protests over last year's budget
Premier-designate Scott Moe's promise of education funding may have Saskatchewan's teachers union feeling hopeful, but it isn't enough to convince other public-sector unions to stop their protests over last year's contentious budget.
There have been dozens of protests at the legislature and at Saskatchewan Party functions since last year's budget slashed spending, shut down the Saskatchewan Transportation Company and proposed a $250 million wage reduction — or 3.5 per cent pay cut — for public servants.
Signs reading "Stop the Cuts" continue to be on the side of Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon.
Officials with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour say they're hopeful they can have a better relationship with Moe — who won the Sask. Party leadership race last Saturday — than they did with outgoing premier Brad Wall. But they aren't ready to give up their campaign.
"We don't think it would be a good idea to stop our push right now," said Lori Johb, secretary-treasurer for the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.
"Now more than ever we need to make sure we're being heard."
The federation invited Moe to meet with labour officials shortly after he won the Saskatchewan Party leadership race, and Johb said she's hopeful they can meet face to face.
JOIN THE PREMIER’S WELCOME PARTY!
WHEN: Saturday, January 27 from 11am-12pm
WHERE: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon (*Meet at the gates on Ruth Street)
DETAILS: The Sask Party is holding their leadership convention in Saskatoon on Jan. 27th, and we're showing up to welcome our new Premier! (Join and share the Facebook event here: https://m.facebook.com/events/1705492432848755 )
Mobilize Saskatoon and Stop the Cuts invite one and all to come out and remind the Sask Party of the people that their callous budget cuts have left behind!
We want a Premier with compassion, integrity, and transparency - one who works for ALL of us. The 4 candidates currently serving in office all voted FOR last spring’s heartless budget. A new leader doesn’t absolve this government of their responsibility to the people.
We won’t rest until last year’s budget is repealed entirely and our Crowns are secure - as promised by the Sask Party in the last election.
Bring your signs and your strong voices! Invite your friends - let's make this BIG!
We will not let this government off the hook for all the damage they’ve done!
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Wednesday, September 13th
11:30am -1:00pm at Civic Square
You’re invited to come celebrate United Way’s 2017 Community Kick-Off and Stuff the Bus event
$7 BBQ lunch (burger, chips and beverage) proudly sponsored by the City of Saskatoon employees and other partners.
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The Pre-budget Town Hall is about putting forward positive budget alternatives the provincial government could pursue, ones that actually invest in people, communities, and our economy.
Introduction by Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL);
- Moderator: Dr. Charles Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan;
- Panelist: Bob Bymoen, president of Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union (SGEU);
- Panelist: Penny Matheson, vice-president of Unifor 2S;
- Panelist: Barb Cape, president of Service Employees International Union - West (SEIU-West);
- Panelist: Tom Graham, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Saskatchewan;
- Panelist: Carla Beck, MLA for Regina Lakeview and Official Opposition Critic for Education.
Saskatoon and District Labour Council’s annual meeting discussed Saskatchewan’s $1.2 billion deficit, cuts to the public sector and a changing job landscape. Jacqueline Wilson reports.
It’s not the news many at the wanted to hear, including Service Employees’ International Union-West (SEIU-West) president Barbara Cape.
“What I see right now is an idea or a scheme that’s going to pull money out of the system and create significant barriers, in my opinion, to accessing education, long term and community healthcare,” Cape said at Saskatoon’s Heritage Inn on Saturday.
For Cape, Wall’s musing about cutting 4,900 jobs isn’t the transformational change she’s hoping for the province.
“If we’re truly looking at changing the way we do healthcare and education in our province then it can’t be about cutting funding to those sectors,” she said. “We actually have to invest more and that’s through taxes.”
The Saskatoon and District Labour Council said it will continue to lobby the province for more investment and that includes on the ever-changing job landscape.
“We’re calling for an end to part-time, contract work and precarious employment. We need to have jobs that are meaningful, that are union jobs and that pay well so people can afford rent,” council president Kelly Harrington said.
globalnews.ca 11 Feb 2017 at 20:21