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.
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Please be advised that the Saskatoon & District Labour Council is moving into a new office space. Effective March 01, 2017 our address will be:
325 Fairmont Drive
Please update your files accordingly to reflect our new address. Our phone number and email address will remain the same.
Many women right here at home are challenged monthly due to lack of access to, or affordability of, feminine hygiene products.
Gather your friends, family and colleagues and start a collection drive for much needed feminine hygiene products for the women in our community. These products will later be distributed to women and girls in need at YXE Connects on May 15th.
Tampon Tuesday® is a registered trademark held by Bell Media. It is an event that brings people together in a community for an evening of socializing, educating and supporting women who are less fortunate or in crisis. 14 Labour/United Way Partnerships across Canada are hosting simultaneous Tampon Tuesday® events to profile the need for all girls and women to have access to necessary feminine hygiene products (FHP).
Event participant is not required for donation collection.
Donation drop-off locations:
- United Way of Saskatoon and Area – 100 506 25th Street East, Saskatoon
- Sheri Benson Constituency Office – 904E 22nd Street West, Saskatoon
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7
TIME: 5:30—7:30 PM
WHERE: 325 Fairmont Drive SDLC Office (located in the new United Steelworker’s building)
COST: A package(s) of feminine hygiene product(s)
Snacks and drinks will be served.
When: Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11
Where: Heritage Inn
Don’t forget to purchase tickets for the LCSA dinner and send in your delegate registration forms for the AGM. We are pleased to announce that Hassan Yussuff, our Canadian Labour Congress President will be attending both events. If you require more information or details, please contact the SDLC office.
The SDLC has written an open letter to Mayoral candidate Kelley Moore about her comments on holding a municipal jobs review if elected. Click on the link below to read the letter.
Saskatoon & District Labour Council Questionnaire for City Council Candidates in the 2016 Saskatoon Civic Election - Grades & Responses
This questionnaire was designed for candidates running for Saskatoon City Council. It provides an opportunity for candidates to communicate their positions on issues that are important to workers in Saskatoon. Here are the candidate responses:
- Darren Hill (Ward 1)
- Hilary Gough (Ward 2)
- Mark Zielke (Ward 2)
- Ann Iwanchuk (Ward 3)
- Randy Donauer (Ward 5)
- Cynthia Block (Ward 6)
- Ian Rambally (Ward 6)
- Josie Steeves (Ward 6)
- Mark Prebble (Ward 6)
- Mike McKague (Ward 6)
- Mairin Loewen (Ward 7)
- Sarina Gersher (Ward 8)
- Jeff Jackson (Ward 9)
- Robin Mowat (Ward 9)
- Zach Jeffries (Ward 10)
Thanks to the many volunteers and unions who helped to make the Saskatoon & District Labour Council’s 18th annual Labour Day BBQ a resounding success! Only a few of those are shown in the pictures below. We estimate about 1500 (maybe more!) community members enjoyed the 2500 burgers, 1500 hotdogs, CFM 553 live musical entertainment, children’s activities, treats, swag, balloons and more! Happy Labour Day!
- SEIU-West SEIU-West
- UFCW 1400 and Women’s Committee UFCW 1400 and Women’s Committee
- United Way of Saskatoon United Way of Saskatoon
The Saskatoon& District Labour Council extends our sympathy to the family of Brother Chad Wiklun. Chad was injured and later died earlier this week and is a yet another young worker who has succumbed to workplace injury. Chad leaves behind a family with young children. We also extend our condolences to the members of USW Local 7552 and all other miners across this province who share in this grief. “Mourn for the dead and continue to fight for living”.
Worker seriously injured at Agrium’s Vanscoy, Sask. potash mine passes away
This questionnaire was designed for candidates running for Saskatoon City Council. It provides an opportunity for candidates to communicate their positions on issues that are important to workers in Saskatoon. Please share far and wide. The deadline for submission of completed questionnaire is Labour Day!