Sask. Party Gov’t Must Remove Failed ‘Supervisory Exclusions’ From Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2017

SASK. PARTY GOVERNMENT MUST REMOVE FAILED ‘SUPERVISORY EXCLUSIONS’ FROM LEGISLATION

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is urging the Sask. Party government to remove its failed ‘supervisory exclusions’ from the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA), before it causes anymore distress for workers and wasted taxpayers’ dollars.

On January 17, 2017, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (LRB) denied an employer’s attempt to remove ‘supervisory employees’ from a unit of CUPE at the Saskatoon Public Library. This case was the first real test of the Sask. Party government’s 2014 changes that allowed employers to carve ‘supervisory employees’ out of their bargaining unit.

“Saskatchewan’s workers, through the Ministers’ Advisory Committee, told the Sask. Party government that supervisory exclusions violated a worker’s right to belong to a union of their choosing,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “the minister ignored our advice, and as we have seen from the recent LRB ruling, the government made an ill-advised and arrogant decision to ram through these questionable sections of the legislation,” he added.

The LRB noted that the SEA prohibits employer influence in workers’ choice of a union, any employer coercion that may affect a worker’s choice to belong to a union, and any employer interference in the administration of a union. Finally, the LRB stated that permitting employers to exclude supervisors from existing bargaining units would deprive these workers of their union representation and their rights under negotiated collective agreements.

“We warned the Sask. Party government about the supervisory exclusions in the legislation, but they didn’t listen. The government has a well-established pattern of ignoring the reasonable, well-researched advice of the Labour Movement, only to find out we were right when they are taken to court and to other bodies,” said Hubich, “my hope is that the government will, finally, do the right thing by repealing the supervisory exclusion sections of the SEA, and then actually use its Minister’s Advisory Committee in good faith by listening to the concerns of workers,” he added.

For additional information, contact:

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

Safer Skies: Airline Petition

Safer Skies Online Campaign

We have three goals to meet :

  1. Try to repeal the 1:50 ratio of flight attendants to passengers, if not possible at least have the Federal Government commit to a risk assessment and tripartite consultation.
  2. Have a regulation forcing the industry to monitor cosmic radiation and it’s impact on health for the frequent flyers as much as for the workers (exposure to radiation causes fertility issues miscarriages and notably cancer).
  3. Similar outcome for toxic fumes events where the general population / workers should be aware of what they are and how to seek care if exposed.

Please sign our petition at the links below.

http://m.marketwired.com/press-release/cupe-launches-safer-skies-campaign-petition-the-federal-government-must-improve-passenger-2173285.htm

On Cupe website :
http://cupe.ca/sign-petition-safety-and-air-quality-airlines-must-be-improved

In Solidarity,

Julianne Vondrejs
Airline Division Rep National
H&S committee

What can you do to help stop erosion of our members work duties?

Hello Permit Issuers and General Members,

It has come to the Union’s attention that there are some Contractors doing our work in the plant.  According to our Collective Agreement, Letter of Understanding 58, the Union must be notified prior to the commencement of Contractor work.  It is to our understanding that the Union has not been notified in a large number of these cases.

The Union is requesting your help.  Please notify the Union Maintenance VP any time you see, and have reason to believe, that our work is being contracted out. The Maintenance VP will verify if the Union has been notified as per our CBA.

Contact the Maintenance VP:

Email:  maintenancevp@unifor594.com          Text: (306) 535-9814

 

In solidarity,

Maintenance VP
Unifor Local 594
200 Hodsman Road
Regina, SK S4N 5X4

Phone: (306) 721-4403
Fax: (306) 721-0189
Website: www.unifor594.com

 

Unifor Local 594 Continuing Education Scholarship

 Up to 4 scholarships will be awarded annually to persons undertaking full time post-secondary education at a University or Trade School.  One scholarship is in memory of Shirley Reynolds for $1000.00. The remaining three scholarships will be $750.00 each. The scholarships will be awarded at the end of the first semester.

 Applications can be made by any member of the immediate family of a Unifor Local 594 member, or a member of the immediate family whose spouse was a member of Unifor Local 594 and employed by the complex at the time of their death.  Immediate family shall include spouse, children and stepchildren.  If you have previously received a Unifor Local 594 scholarship you are not eligible to apply for another.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a post secondary program.

All scholarships awarded are at the discretion of the Finance Committee.

Scholarship applications will be considered according to the following criteria.  Please send a cover letter and supporting documents that outline and describe:

  • Academic Achievement (40% of scoring)
  • 500-1000 Word Essay on “My Career Goals” (40% of scoring)
  • Secondary Teachers’ Report (10% of scoring)
  • Extra-Curricular Activities (10% of scoring)

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED AND MAILED TO:

Unifor Local 594
200 Hodsman Road
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4N 5X4

All applications must be post marked by NOVEMBER 9, 2017.